Alina Alamorean

...it's never to late to start living

Alina spent a paradoxical youth split up between her artistic and architect family roots and the grey reality of a communist country. At age of 22 she left her country with the deep desire to survive thanks to her 10 fingers. Some years, two marriages and three children later, she finally took the decision to make her dreams come true and say NO to conventional life. She studied at the Jewelry School on rue du Louvre in Paris for six months and participated at the HRD Diamond Awards, contemporary international jewelry design contest, which she won in 2007, thanks to the Invincible Cape, made of iron wire, black velvet and 983.57ct rough diamonds. Then she started her company.

Philosophy of my collections or philosophy of my life? For me that’s the same. But, I don’t think of this question while I’m creating. I’m just doing sincerely what I feel. And I’m feeling what I do and what I need. But what I need the most from myself is to breathe, all my jewelry is generally “open”. The free circulating air is more important than anything because it allows me to think! The emptiness and the volume is so important to me.

Only then am I able to relax and dream. There is always a bit of drama in what I do. And I always seek the definition of the line; what makes a line turn into shape? My work is a curious mix between extravagance, rigor, purity, research of beauty, and provocative elegance. There’s always some black erotic idea hidden. I also hate decoration. It masks the lack of truth. Heavy substance is much more exciting for me. But if I should answer your philosophy question in one word, I would say, freedom.

Nothing inspires me like…
The great architects: Antoni Gaudi, Frank Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright, Zaha Hadid, Oscar Niemeyer, Santiago Calatrava, Ron Arad. And of course the great Romanian godfather of the modern sculpture : Constantin Brancusi. Their abstract visions make me dream. Found objects inspire me a lot too and also shapes which are the result of fate. The desert too.

I hope…
I’ll live enough years to realise my ideas and discover what I haven't learned yet.

Cultural influences…
Are inspiring, but I’m trying to escape any kind of influences and find my own way. It’s a matter of respect and honesty.

I got where I am...
Because I dared to be free.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be so boring and uninspiring.

I sense…
That some of my ideas are good, even very good, even if people don't understand my work and vision until a few years later.

I scream when...
I don’t scream anymore. I go to run 10km and then it’s over.

Money makes...
Me quiet for a while.

Faith in…
My vision is the only thing I possess and I’m so grateful for that. That’s my luxury.

Creativity comes from…
The desire and need to exist and it’s the basis for talent.

If I could…
I would make love all day to my lover.

I once thought…
That it was too late for living my life… but it’s never too late.

Love is…
The most beautiful feeling in the world which causes the deepest pain.

My dreams are…
To take walks on the desert beach with my lover and sleep in his arms after that.

My biggest regret...
Is that my ex-husband didn’t allow my children to assist at the HRD DIAMONDS AWARDS 2007 show when I received the first prize. I felt so unhappy and alone.