ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Victoria von Stein is the creative director and founder of Victoria von Stein Design offering handcrafted fine jewellery and print illustrations.
She is a trilingual (French, German, English) multi-disciplinary designer / maker / artist based in Wiltshire, UK.
She's driven to create story-led, meaningful design solutions and illustrations for products that inspire and uplift. Her work is aimed to encourage joy, inner strength, courage, love and wellbeing.
Textures, organic shapes, colours and decorative elements make up her signature visual language style which is described as feminine, colourful, organic, decorative and detailed.
The jewellery pieces are produced with inspiring quality craftsmanship techniques combined with 3D CAD technology where necessary.
Her design inspirations are drawn from her enriching travels, the energy of colours, the beauty of the natural world and its wellbeing effects (biophelia). She is fascinated by cultural arts & handicrafts traditions and captures the wisdom of exotic countries and global tribes.
" I aim to communicate uplifting feelings and keep the beauty of craftsmanship alive"
Her intention is to create soulful, joyful pieces of jewellery and art that reminds women to feel free, radiant and empowered from within to shine their own light and bring their dreams and visions to life. She should feel confident with an inner smile every time she wears it.
It can be used as a talisman for strength and courage or a symbol of love to adorn a woman's inner soul, her own luxurious visual expression of who she is.
Her jewellery are small sculptural treasures made from the beauty of the earth, infusing symbolic meanings, an earthy organic tactile feel with vibrant colourful gemstones.
CREATIVE DESIGN PROCESS
Through research, creative thinking of various design possibilities, creating moodboards and sketches, She derives solutions for the desired project's goal. She uses gouache, ink-coloured pencils and fine liners for my final hand-drawn illustrations that are then rendered to create jewellery pieces or transferred digitally for surface designs.
- BA (Hons) diploma in Graphic Design from Camberwell College of Arts 2005.
- Victoria has 15 years combined experience working as a graphic designer in design agencies in London (with Sisley Cosmetics UK, Neal's Yard Remedies, Phillips) and as a freelance designer for independent brands and entrepreneurs.
- Retrained as an independent jewellery designer maker to pursue her passion for traditional jewellery craftsmanship at CityLit college, London.
- 2015 The Goldsmith's Centre's Setting Out Programme and was a resident there until 2020.
She believes that the act of crafting by hand also has overall health benefits besides a rewarding satisfactory feeling of seeing the final results.
Growing up in Germany, the alps of Austria, France and her professional education in England,UK, she developed a love for cultures, heritage crafts, paper goods, jewellery and the benefits of nature.