My name is Iris De la Torre and I was born in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. I am a jewellery designer with a passion for colour, graphic design and plastics. I grew up surrounded by my country’s rich and colourful culture and history. Being inspired by Mexico’s traditional folk crafts it was inevitable that I would want to pursue a creative career, so in 2003 I travelled a very long distance to London to pursue my dream to study Jewellery Design at Sir John Cass Department of Art and Design at London Metropolitan University, followed by one year of the Master’s degree in Jewellery Design in 2010 at Central Saint Martins.
Plastic jewellery and accessories that are innovative, original, colourful and full of fun!
My interest for plastics started in my childhood when I was 4 years old and my mum bought me a lilac pair of jelly lilac shoes that smelled like bubble gum. This fascination developed later at university when I realised that plastic materials would dictate and reference work.
I very much enjoy working in the plastic medium and, in particular, acrylic sheet and rubber because it translates my colourful ideas successfully. For me, it has a "plastic fantastic" quality that allows a broad spectrum of colour, brightness and a variety of different work processes, flexibility of uses, finishes and durability.
My inspiration comes from a variety of sources: the folkloric spirit of Mexico (its vast arts and crafts mainly) it’s naïve identity and vibrant combinations of colour. Another big influence of mine is 1960s graphic design for its use of bold colour, form and geometric shapes. I am also influenced by pattern repetition, early plastic jewellery, everyday things and objects and the way they work, London, modern technology, inspirational people, beauty from nature: flora and fauna.
I believe that my jewellery designs and the way is constructed speaks an aesthetic language that captures graphic excitement and colour, which embodies fun, delight, spectacle and enthusiasm.
I hope you enjoy browsing through my website and floral collection of necklaces, brooches, earrings and fine bone china mugs.
If you have any comments, thoughts or queries please send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find me on facebook, instagram, pinterest and twitter on @byirisdelatorre