Q & A
Can You Tell Us About Your Role in Cyprien Jewellery?
I am Christine Charles-Ventoux, the creator and designer-maker of Cyprien Jewellery.
Why Did You Become A Designer-Maker?
What can I say? My love of jewellery has always been a passion of mine. My desire to be involved in creative practice stems from my Mother.
My Mother has always been creative. Growing up in Grenada, she developed several skills including: sewing and embroidery. When she moved to England, she taught herself even more skills including crocheting and knitting. Her knitting skills are so advanced that she can read knitting patterns and rectify printed instructions, that is how talented my Mother is.
Always making time to take me to museums, galleries and ensuring that I went to the theatre to broaden my knowledge of the arts, I was inspired by how creative practitioners could transpose their emotions and their view of the world into beautiful words, artwork, lyrics, textiles. I wanted to be part of that community of people.
I developed a passion for jewellery by visiting jewellery stores with my Mother and my sister and by looking at their magazines. It made me want to make and wear jewellery.