Please introduce yourself 🙂
Irene, 25-year-old, photographer by training and artisan by vocation, I combine daily two of the things that fascinate me the most.
I live in Barcelona, although my roots are in La Garrotxa (Girona, North Spain) and my mind is still between these two very different and special places. Every day I remember the mountains I saw from my window and the sunlight streaming through the leaves of the trees. Music, the forest and chocolate are some of the things that I am grateful to life.
What do you love about making jewellery and how did you discover your passion?
I love being able to create unique and unrepeatable pieces. It is very nice to create a unique thing for a particular person. The creation process is very personalized and I also have to emphatize with my client. For me it is the best experiences in this job.
I learned a bit of macrame during a trip to India. It seemed like a very relaxing activity (we could say active meditation) and little by little it was becoming more than a passion.
How did you venture into jewellery making?
All this began in India. Five months after traveling, I discovered that I wanted to create macrame jewelry, and make an emphasis in an unhurried creation process. Create and connect with people in a different way.
How would you describe your style?
OuiClementine is handmade macrame jewelry with natural materials: mixing healing with beauty so that together becomes an everyday exclusive thing. Getting to create pieces where the apparent simplicity seems healthy and seductive. Pieces designed and woven one by one, designed for women who want to wear special jewelry with history and soul.
I could say that I experiment with different themes, from bohemian styles to geometric pieces.
Although I like to experience, what defines me the most is an elf style and perhaps bohemian, inspired by nature and the forest.
What’s the inspiration for your designs?
I love nature and for me organic and natural elements are key pieces to inspire me. Actually, the OuiClementine best sellers are pieces that look like lianas, branches, leaves and trees.
How do you make your jewellery and where do you source your materials?
OuiClementine pieces are made using the macrame technique, an antique technique of knot combination, completely created with hands, without knitting tools.
I bet for a sustainable local business model, and I work as much as possible with close and trusted suppliers, most of them in Barcelona.
What’s a typical day in your studio?
There is a lot of work in the studio. From the design and creation of pieces to the part of marketing, social networks or corporate design. The management and organization is very important because I am the one who at the moment is in charge of everything, so I have to handle with many things by myself.
Usually, in the morning I do the most important jobs that require more concentration: design, marketing… and then I start with the creation of pieces or to prepare the commissions of the last days.
Because it’s a job that I love, it’s very hard for me to meet the schedules: I always do more hours than I had planned. I have a good time and that makes me happy!
How can people buy your jewels?
They can buy online, at OuiClementine.
Although there are also some retailers in Spain and the United States, OuiClementine online store is where there is more variety to choose from and the option of customizing the pieces.
What’s your favourite quote?
There is beauty to be found in the changing of the earth’s seasons, and an inner grace in honouring the cycles of life. (Jack Kornfield)