KATIE ROWLAND

...veiling and exposing the risqué

Katie Rowland’s jewellery is a seductive coalescence of refined opulence, where enigmatic metals embrace lustrous precious stones. Not for the faint-hearted, Rowland veils and exposes only the risqué. Her work has been described as a sharp amalgamation of graphics, typography and refined jewellery. Katie trained in graphic design before discovering her passion for ready-to-wear and high-end jewellery. Katie started out by releasing unisex collections "love & faith", "heartbreaker" and "point break", a decadent clash of handmade rings, necklaces, knuckledusters and cuffs. In 2009, Katie was awarded the Coutts New Jeweller Award, the Sonama-Cutrer Design Award and the Lonmin Design Innovation Award for Platinum. Later that year, lingerie powerhouse Agent Provocateur approached Katie to design for their Spring 2010 catwalk show and exclusively for their new jewellery line which also launched in 2010. She continues to work alongside creative director, Sarah Shotton, for Agent Provocateur’s Spring Summer 2011 collections. Katie has cultivated a celebrity clientele including Cheryl Cole, Danny Minogue, Daisy Lowe, Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh, Tali Lennox, Coco Sumner, Kimberly Stewart and US R&B star, Keri Hilson.

Nothing inspires me like…
A good cup of tea in a café where I can people watch – followed by spending the afternoon wandering down the endless corridors in the V&A, looking at exquisite objects... ahhh, it's bliss!

I hope…
To be able to work on the costumes and adornment for stage productions, film and music videos. That would be amazing! I think it would be fun to design for Lady GaGa, as you really could go wild and it would be hilarious. For her, I would create a fantastic leather and gold bondage ensemble. But, I would really like to see Florence (Florence Welch of Florence of the Machine) wear my jewellery and I would absolutely love to design a range for her. I think she is like the "quiet before the storm" and I would love to create a flurry of fine chain pieces formed into a kind of shroud or body piece, something with real movement.

Cultural influences...
I am influenced heavily by what people wear when I go travelling to different places and I pick up a lot of ideas on materials and the use of colour and shapes in jewellery. Having said that, living in London is so culturally diverse; you can find wonderful and inspirational influences just by wandering around or taking the bus. It's amazing what you can find on your doorstop!

I got where I am...
Through blood, sweat and tears! None of it has been easy and it's been quite a rollercoaster of a learning curve, and I'm still learning. There have been huge mistakes along the way, but I see them as a good thing as you have to pick yourself up, ask yourself what you've learnt over a brew and get back on the wheel.

Fashion can sometimes...
Give me a headache and I have to reach for the Alka-Seltzer!

I scream when…
I see a spider... ewwwwwww. I hate those 8-legged little alien creatures. Apart from eating flies, I really see no use in them; surely this is why we have insect killer? And why, when I see one, does the blighter have to come galloping at me, so I freak out more? Can you see how irrational I become even just thinking about "THEM"....argggghhhhhhh!

Did you know…
I have a mole on my belly that looks just like a coco pop?

Cake makes me…
A happy bunny, especially chocolate cake, with lots and lots of chocolate icing and chocolate cream in the middle. My favourite place at the moment for cake is the Humming Bird Bakery in Soho. They have the BEST cupcakes ever. My friend Joey introduced me to the little yummies much to the pleasure (and pain) of my tummy.

I have never been…
Been to New York! And I soooo want to go. I'm hoping to this September, but we'll just have to see. One day perhaps!

My dreams are…
The best, although I tend not to remember them anymore when I wake up. The weirdest recurring dream I had was where I was walking by a pond and saw a big yellow plastic bath tub duck floating around on it. When I got closer to the duck, I saw it had a mechanical wind-up key in it and it began swimming backwards around the pond. Then everything would start going backwards; people, time, but not me. I stayed frozen and screaming into what turned into a big black hole. I would wake up night after night with the fear! I never liked bath tub ducks after that. I've always wondered what it meant though. Oddly, most of my dreams contain water, no ducks anymore thankfully!

I'm a perfectionist…
Verging on OCD when it comes to my work, things have to be just so. Everything else, well.........!

The earliest memory...
I have is my 2nd (I think!?) birthday and my mum had made this fantastic Humpty Dumpty cake, with an actual big cakey, marzipan Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall – just like in the nursery rhyme. That was a beautiful cake. My other favourite memory from that time is climbing trees in my jeans and t-shirt wearing my Auntie Bea's giant diamonte necklace! Well, if a baby girl can't have diamonds....her Auntie Bea's fakes are the next best thing!

My first crush...
Was on a boy in my school called Mark. He was beautiful. I never told him though. Anyway, we were all playing tig in the playground and I was being chased. I didn't see him stood by the toilets and I ran right into him, pushing him into the door of the boy’s loos – where he broke his arm and had to be taken to hospital to have it pinned. He was in a cast for months! I think my crush was well and truly doomed after that.

My mum...
Always told me to wear clean underwear each day, because you never know if you'll get run over by a bus and taken to hospital... This whole concept has always confused me, although I'm stickler for clean pants, I mean why would the doctor be looking at my pants? I want him to look at my injuries! Fix me, not my pants! Besides, don't you lose bodily functions in such accidents?

I like making...
Dinner for others. There is nothing better than making good food for friends or family and spending time munching, drinking and chatting away an evening with the people closest to you.