Koishi

...despite not being able to ride a bike, this Eastern European designer is on the up and up! Creating pieces to represent how she feels at that moment the results are mesmerizing.

Ivana Damjanović, a jewelry designer and Serbian native, sees her work as a collection of actions and emotions with a dynamic built-in nature. As the personification of impatience, haste, chaos, tolerance, care and detail, her jewellery developed in 2008 while studying interior and furniture design at University of Arts in Belgrade. By combining techniques from sculpture and costume design, Ivana’s pieces are often at odds with themselves. At times an undisciplined and tangled rush of inspiration, while others are meticulously planned and considered she let’s her mood dictate how the piece is created. In 2009, she started her brand Koishi – Japanese for pebble or stone. Aimed at being timeless and strong, the name carries a strength and character, which is easily conveyed through her jewellery.

Nothing inspires me like…
emotions. I see them in human interaction, music, films, new technologies and materials. Usually I never seek out inspiration. The most natural thing, are ideas.

I hope…
to one day learn how to ride a bike. Most of my childhood was spent cutting, drawing and destroying things. Riding a bike is the one thing I have missed out on.

Cultural influences…
are something I try really hard to ignore. I probably have some, buried deep in my subconscious. I truly believe that if the mind stays pure, you can alway have a fresh perspective.

I got where I am...
because I am stubborn. I won't take "No" for an answer, and I constantly challenge myself. The limits of human ability are beyond our imagination.

Fashion can sometimes...
be very impersonal. It can hit hard, and force it's tendencies, resulting in a lack of personal taste. I think that it is important to find balance between the two.

I suck…
at singing children songs. I was told that on many, many occasions - usually asked never to repeat any of them, for all eternity. Apparently some children were having nightmares...

Pain comes from…
unresolved emotions. I know because I have a bunch of them. It is a well known fact that only mentally disturbed people could create great things. :) Pain could also come from when a hot pancake falls into your lap during frying...

I like making…
almost anything! It is the creative process that fulfils me. I love cooking, cutting my boyfriends hair, singing, sawing, designing, sculpturing, and painting my house! But most of all, I LOVE making jewelry.

Creativity comes from…
freedom and curiosity. It is a basic child's need to explore, and do things. I try to stay in touch with my inner child. That connection brings me great joy.

If I could…
I would multiply myself! There are so many things to be done, and the ideas keep piling up. Unfortunately, I have to be included in every part of production. From drawing to polishing. It consumes a lot of my time.

I'm a perfectionist…
in every way. I know exactly what I want, which can sometimes be overwhelming because it is very hard to live up to my own expectations. My resolution is to tone it down a bit.

I wouldn't pay for…
sex. I have plenty of it for free.

Did you know…
that when a lion wants to mate, he cannot be stopped!? Copulation occurs every 15 minutes for one week straight. Luckily for lionesses, lions only want to mate once every two years. That's a completely useless fact.

I have never…
eaten snails. Nor would I! Something just doesn’t fit there. Snails, and bugs and similar creatures are not designed to be human food. They are not particularly nice to look at, let alone to eat.

There's a new…
alter ego for Koishi called “Lamat”. In the near future, you will be able to meet her. She wears some odd looking shoes, geometric bags and organic belts.