TOMASZ DONOCIK

...paving new ways in men's jewellery

Growing up in Vienna, Tomasz Donocik moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins, where he specialised in jewellery design. After receiving his MA from the Royal College of Art, he went to work with Stephen Webster, where he designed the "Burning Rocks" collection for De Beers. Tomasz creates collections driven by themes, the inspiration for which he draws from literature and architecture. He is not a traditional jeweller in the sense that he considers each piece primarily as an object of design, rather than adornment, and as part of a narrative into which he hopes to draw his wearer. He is interested in new subtle ways for men to wear jewellery and continuously crosses the boundaries between fashion and jewellery, giving jewellery a new meaning and form. He strives to introduce new materials into jewellery and tries to merge the traditional heritage of the craft (gold, silver, precious stones) with more contemporary materials such as silk, leather and wood. His sensitive fusion of materials and his bold masculine designs, which integrate the idea of adornment into masculine attire, have attracted numerous media.

Nothing inspires me like…
Travelling to new countries, rummaging through bazaars and visiting old historical buildings.

I hope…
To one day have an internationally renowned jewellery and accessories business and hence be able to do what I enjoy most. Well, off course, in the meantime I hope I can get the new Black Iron 883 Harley Davison and take it for spins on the beautiful southern coastline of England.

Cultural influences...
Currently, the cultural influences that are present in my work are derived from Russian literature, Soviet uniforms and architecture. The spirit of my debut collection, "Russian Aristocrat" (2006), was anchored in the personality of Pechorin, the protagonist of Lementov’s novel "A Hero of Our Time", an aloof character who has continued an ambassadorial role in my work. For "Rising Star" my references have remained in the region, but have become a bit more hard-edged. The military uniforms of the Soviet era have provided inspiration, as has the platonic architecture of post-Soviet Russia.

I got where I am...
Well, I would like to thank my producers, my agent…[time passes by and by leaving just a handful of the audience awake]…and last but not least… Just kidding, I think through hard work/ dedication and ambition.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be like a chicken ladder…steep and covered in shit! ...or is that life? In other words, it’s a tough business :)

Did you know…
That several German states have told retailers to stop selling the popular energy drink Red Bull Cola after a sample test found a trace amount of cocaine in the beverage. The test, conducted by authorities in North-Rhine Westphalia state, found that one liter of the drink contained 0.4 micrograms of cocaine. Hmmm interesting!

My goal…
Is to be an internationally renowned jewellery and accessories business.

There's a new...
Terminator in cinemas. Looking pretty good…featuring Christian Bale.

I sense…
“I sense” – sounds like a new I-pod programme or Apple gadget! Maybe something that stimulates the sense buds in your mouth, so you can taste the food from pictures! I want the credits for this concept, if it hasn’t been made yet!

If I could…
There is a saying in Polish, “If your grandma could have a moustache, then she would be your grandpa!”

I like making jewellery...
Jewellery that combines several different materials. I believe materials assembled in a harmonious manner give pieces piousness and splendour.

I live East…
Because it seems to be the most relaxed and entertaining part of London. It’s full of young people, my friends and it still caters for the less well-off artists who need studio spaces.

I have never…
Tried bungee jumping, but that’s something I would love to do. I can’t imagine anything more exciting than a jump somewhere in the beautiful country of New Zealand.

I wouldn't pay for…
A mushroom, spinach pizza! I do not like mushrooms, nor spinach. As a child, in pre-school teachers would make me eat runny food processed spinach….makes me wanna…

My dreams are…
Sometimes a way to solve problems. Occasionally, when you go to bed with a dilemma (for example jewellery related) you wake up with a solution. I suppose you go over and over the problem and solve it subconsciously in a dream.