HEULWEN LEWIS

...exploring the degenerative nature of cancer

My name is Sarah Heulwen Lewis. I am from South Wales and am an accomplished designer and fabricator of innovative, contemporary accessories and jewellery,” Sarah tells NJAL. From a very young age, she has always been interested in art. Through doing a foundation course at Herefordshire College of Art and Design, the love for the craft industry grew and she found making fashion was an integral part to her work, so making jewellery and accessories for a living naturally became the next step, and she set out to achieve these goals. After receiving a BA in Applied Arts Jewellery at North Wales School of Art, Sarah decided that she needed to create something bigger and more exciting and luckily had the opportunity to do so through doing an MA in Fashion Artefacts at London College of Fashion. The MA was the perfect move and course for her, as it allowed for further expression and exploration into concepts and materials to create beautiful artefacts (fashion and art).

My collection ‘Dissolution’ was an exploration into the degenerative disease of cancer. Unfortunately, as a child I experienced numerous deaths within my family due to this disease and decided that it was something that needed further exploration and understanding. I wanted to see the beauty in a negative subject; it was a juxtaposition of the ugliness of the disease and the ‘beauty’ of cancer. I am currently working on a new collection that will be much more wearable in context.

Nothing inspires me like…
A workshop, a piece of precious metal and a piercing saw. It gets my mind flowing about all the exciting objects I can make.

I hope…
To achieve my ambition of making something of myself within the design, craft and fashion industry, as well as inspiring others with my work.

Cultural influences…
Are taken from childhood experiences, family life and nature’s environment. I used to live in a small town in the valley before I moved to London, and my family are very close, which means any small thing affects everything, and I think this is the way I take my work, the smallest element can change the whole look and design.

I got where I am...
As I have pure determination to succeed in such a competitive industry, and when I have a design in my head, I have to find a way for it to be created.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be a bazaar, but that is the beauty of the industry; seeing something new and exciting will change the whole look of what’s "in" and what’s "not" and what is designed and produced in the future.

Love now because…
Hatred eats you up whole and takes up too much time and effort. Everything has a purpose and we only evolve through learning and anything you dislike just makes you realise a little bit more about yourself.

Faith in…
Your ability, never let anyone think your worthless and your ideas are not worthy, as there is a place for everyone in today’s society.

Cake makes me…
Happy, (especially if it’s chocolate) a cake is just like designing a new collection, the specifications can be anything you want them to be, inside and out.

My future is…
Unknown, but I will try to make sure it’s the future I want for myself, this being within the design and craft industry.

NYC/London/Paris/Milan are…
Fashion. It’s where it all begins and ends, it's where new ideas come from and the place to be for any young and aspiring designer.

Studios make me…
Excited! I love the freedom to create a design which seems impossible, to explore new materials and interact with other designers.

I'm a perfectionist…
With all my work and will not let anything leave my hands unless it’s perfect.

The earliest memory...
Is drawing Welsh ladies with my grandpa, who taught me and gave me the inspiration for art.

My mum...
Is the best and I could not have got where I am without her love, support and honesty.

I get bored easily...
Once I have finished a collection, I need to find the next big thing to keep my ideas flowing and create a brand new collection.