Meet the Maker - Kirk & Arran Smith (Dot Dot Dash)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Today's Meet the Maker interview is a family affair, brothers Kirk and Arran Smith.  Jewellers who love to create excitement in what they do.  Over to you..

Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work?
Hi we are Dot Dot Dash a joint creative venture between two brothers Arran and Kirk Smith, Arran works full time as a Product designer working on cutting edge consumer electronics from Concept to mass manufacture. Kirk is a Furniture designer and has exhibited work in the Milan International design festival. Our work is less about following trends and gimmicks where less about making mustaches and sticking anchors on things our work instead try's to create dynamic shapes that visually excite, whilst being honest to the materials used. 

Apart from creating things what else do you do? 
We enjoy keeping active swimming, gyming and enjoying life! 

When did you know you were an artist/maker? 
We don't remember a time where we weren't making and creating, our Mother is an artist and farther a mechanic so we grew up in a household where if you need something you made it and made it better. 


What do you love most about working in your chosen discipline? 
Arran: Jewellery is a great creative escapism from the clinical and structured creative process i have in my full time job. 
Kirk: I enjoy seeing the process of a material transformed into something of beauty and value. 

Where does your inspiration come from? 
We believe that having an observational eye in life leads to a more inspired mind, not one thing influences the work that we do keeping a diversity and energy of thought. 


Describe your studio or workspace? 
Our studio is in a small corner in a small bedroom with heavy industrial machinery which makes us look like serial killers to any guests we have visiting. 


If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be? 
There is only one answer to this question,  fire up the time machine leonardo da vinci workshop please...


How would you describe your creative process? 
It evolves in my head then in my hands.

What handmade possession do you most cherish? 
Arran: Sterling silver necklace given to me on my 18th birthday by my Mum and Dad, hand made by a Glasgow school of art graduate. 
Kirk: Sterling silver bracelet given to me on my 18th birthday by my Mum and Dad hand made by a Glasgow school of art graduate. 

What do you when you are stuck in a creative rut? 
We never found our selves in a creative rut our main problem is not having the time or budget to execute all our ideas.


Where would you like to be in ten years?
Ten years from now we wouldn't mind running a design house with a big work shop and a strong product catalogue.

Thank you guys, a great interview.  You can find Dot Dot Dash jewellery in our Made in Britain shop.


Made in Britain
Quakers Friars
Cabot Circus
Bristol

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1 comment:

  1. This lovely pair are my brothers and I am so proud of their achievements and am the owner of three of their fantastic pieces! The jewellery is so well made and even the cases they come in are a gorgeous piece themselves! Each piece is so unique and I've never seen jewellery like it anywhere else!

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