Jude de Berker -Meet the maker JANUARY January 19 2015

An Interview with Jude de Berker

This month we didn't have to look far for our artist of the month. We've been chatting with our very own Jude, the Turpentine's creative mastermind.


So tell us a bit about yourself. Can you recall how and why you became a maker?

It must run in my blood as I can't remember a time when I wasn't making things! My dad is a keen woodworker and apparently as a toddler I used to take everything out of his tool box, line it all up and then put it all back again again and again – very trusting parents! I remember just after uni one of my friends asked me what I planned to do and I replied that as long as I was making stuff I would be happy and that's pretty much what I've done since then; learning anything and everything to do with making from printing to welding but always coming back to my first love of jewellery.


What are your main inspirations and influences for the work?

A lot of my work is initially inspired by nature which I then abstract to make unusual shapes. I also have a bit of an obsession with geometric shapes like our logo, a lot of the time these will come from random doodleing but can also come from anything from architecture to ancient armor. A lot of the time designs will just come spontaneously whilst I'm at the workbench – but only about 20% of ideas make it to finished designs.


What is the process?

When making a new collection I'll start with days and days of research and drawing. Once I've found something that I think is interesting I 'll abstract it down to a simpler form and start making samples. The majority of my work is either saw pierced from silver sheet or made from wax casting methods. So I'll be sitting at the bench-peg sawing away or carving tiny bits of blue jewellers wax until I'm happy with the shapes. I love this part of the process – completely giving in to my obsessional nature!


What do you enjoy most about being a maker?

It's having the excuse to constantly learn new skills and being able to satisfy my curiosity. I'm terrible at going down 'rabbit holes' where I'll spend hours on one task and forget anything else I'm meant to be doing. As a maker this is useful as I'm totally happy sawing away for hours but it's not so useful in a workplace when things just need to get done!