Interview with Chalk

Chalk are a Jewellery company based in London started by two architects Malaika and Hazel. Their designs are breathtakingly beautiful. Intricate designs etched onto wood and now lazer cut into leather. After having a look through their most recent lookbook I had to find out more. The lovely Hazel agreed to a little interview <3 enjoy! 

So tell me how you got into lazercutting and woodwork.
As architects we use the laser cutting machine to make wooden architectural models and while studying we stared to make ourselves jewellery using the same materials and process. We always start by making jewellery that we would like to wear ourselves. The wooden collection is laser cut from solid walnut and layered to create pattens inspired by Japanese woodwork designs. 

Your Business partner is from (?), how did you two meet?
Malaika is from London, we met while studying architecture together and became great friends. She is a perfect business partner as we like all the same things! We are constantly sharing ideas and inspiration, it is fun to have someone to discuss and develop designs with. 

As an architect did you find it challenging to work on something of such a small scale? 
It is actually very satisfying to have the freedom to work on something so small in scale and time, in comparison to a building which can take years to complete. It is rewarding to spend time in the studio, hand making the all the pieces. 

So you’re originally from Scotland do you think that influenced your work?
A journey around the Scottish highlands inspired us to establish the business and influenced the first pieces that we began to make. Malaika has an afro carribean background, which mixed with my scottish heritage gives us an interesting cultural mix. We take inspiration from architecture and pattern from a range of cultures worldwide. A recent journey to Copenhagen has inspired our next collection that we are currently working on. 

What is your favourite piece from the new leather collection?
I love wearing the leather Shoal necklace, the leather is soft and the layers flow with the body. It is definitely a statement piece. 

Why did you transition from wood to leather?
As architects we like to test and work with different natural materials. We love working with leather as it is such a tactile material which laser cuts well and can be layered and wrapped to create more sculptural pieces. The collection is primarily monochrome with a range of brightly coloured leather earrings. The leather is ethically sourced from off-cuts from British leather manufacturers. 

What does the future hold for Chalk?
We would love to establish the Chalk brand name and continue to create jewellery and furniture inspired by architecture and pattern. We have recently launched a coffee table collection which develops the designs and materials from the walnut collection with either a brass or steel frame. We are currently obsessed with marble which we are starting to work with for a future collection. 

Quick fire round!

Favourite colour – Navy
Favourite book – The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
What are you listening to right now – Old Adam and Joe podcasts 
Favourite place (home or away) – The Walthamstow marshes and the Anchor and Hope pub there by the Canal – I feel like I have escaped from London!






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