Emilia Rossi is a passionate designer who handcrafts clay jewellery in beautiful minimalist designs inspired by her travels. Starting out as an Exhibition Designer at the National Gallery of Australia, we catch up with Emilia to find out about what inspired her to start her own jewellery line and what she’s currently working on. Emilia’s handcrafted necklaces and earrings are featured in Colour Box Studio’s Spring Pop Up Shop running until the 4th of November. Find more details about the Pop Up Shop here.

Emilia Rossi
Emilia Rossi

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I work as a freelance digital consultant, blogger and jewellery designer, and manage an online wedding marketplace.

I enjoy working as a freelancer because it gives me the freedom to choose the hours I work and the businesses I want to consult. Since 2011, I’ve written for my lifestyle blog www.emiliarossi.com.au as well as overseeing the online business called www.capriess.com.au, a wedding marketplace empowering couples to list and buy pre-loved wedding items.

In my spare time, I design and make dainty geo-shaped minimalist jewellery stocked in 20 boutiques in Australia and overseas.

How did you start your creative business/arts practice and why?

After graduating with honors in Industrial Design, I landed a job as Exhibition Designer at the National Gallery of Australia. Shortly after, I left this role to pursue my dreams of opening a high-end boutique importing luxury leather designs from overseas. This first stint in business triggered a desire of making sure I always work for myself on things that I love.

Where did you grow up and has it influenced what you create?

I didn’t take much influence from the place I grew up. In fact, I tried to escape it to find that adventure and inspiration I craved.

I’m naturally a very passionate and lively person. You can see these traits in my earlier works where I used colourful and large abstract forms in my paintings to express my emotions and excitement in life.

Emilia Rossi White Clay-Rose Gold Filled Spike Earrings
Emilia Rossi White Clay-Rose Gold Filled Spike Earrings

What is your current project?

Working as a freelancer and a designer means I always work on multiple projects. For example, my big project at the moment is to oversee and manage the rebuild and redesign of the Capriess website.

Who or what is your inspiration?

The places that I’ve travelled to and the people I’ve met are what inspires me the most. I try to take inspiration from everything around me. For example, as I sit here and write this, I’m listening to classical music in the background overlooking a view to help put these answers together.

I also take a lot of inspiration from the things I read and see online. As a freelancer I have to be up to date and absorb a lot of content online, so I learn and get inspired every day from the online world!

Emilia Rossi White Clay-Rose Gold Horizontal Bar
Emilia Rossi White Clay-Rose Gold Horizontal Bar

Where do you feel most creative?

When I’m travelling or in a place that I’m not familiar with, as it allows me to use my senses to notice things I wouldn’t usually see if I’m in my cozy Docklands apartment.

What can visitors expect to see from you in the Colour Box Studio Spring Pop Up Shop?

You will see my minimalist jewellery designs crafted from white and black clay. I’ve hand cut, shaped, and molded each piece into interesting geo shapes and finished each piece in metallic foil.

All the metal used, such as the chains and earring hooks, are made from high-quality metals including sterling silver, yellow and rose gold filled to give them a high-luxe look.

Emilia Rossi Necklaces featured at Colour Box Studio's Spring Pop Up Shop
Emilia Rossi Necklaces featured at Colour Box Studio’s Spring Pop Up Shop | photographed by Ash Photography Melbourne

Where can we see more of your work?

On my website www.emiliarossi.com.au and on my Instagram @emiliarossi

Find handmade goods from Emilia Rossi and other local makers at Colour Box Studio’s Spring Pop Up Shop located at VU at Metrowest in the heart of Footscray.

Where: VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray, VIC 3011

Open: Tuesday-Friday 9.30-5pm, Saturday 10-4pm

Dates: 7 October – 4 November 2016

Getting there: 5mins walk from Footscray Train Station and Tram Stop, limited on street free parking, paid parking available at Footscray Kmart.

Find more information here.