What makes Ana tick? Where does she get her inspiration?
Ana was recently asked a little about herself and her jewellery and it turned out to be quite a good overview of what makes her tick, so we've reproduced it here for you:
Tasteful, elegant, fun.
Which of your designs are your favourites?
My long Botanica pendant with my classic acorn and eucalyptus seeds charms
It all depends.... Could take a few weeks, months or even years.
In my head, wishes and visual inspiration in my surroundings. City life and fashion trends. I've constantly got ideas in my head, I've got a busy mind! Anything around me could be a trigger for inspiration into a design.
I love cinema and they are quite a few good films from classics to moderns so it's difficult to name one as The One, but at the moment I find myself thinking back to Thelma & Louise by Ridley Scott.
All my surroundings, city style and love for antiques and fashion trends are the start of my ideas and inspiration. My passion for elegance and the beauty of aesthetics.
Someone with a free spirit who has an eye for good taste and elegance. I find very difficult to get inspired by vulgar or grotesque styles.
I love many but one favourite classic is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I find it very inspirational in many ways.
When I was 12 for a friend in a school play who was dressing up as a lady and needed a tiara! I made her a wonderful one and took her and myself by surprise!
On a terrace by the sea on a sunny day with my husband and children having a lovely glass of rosé wine. With my sketch book by my side of course.
I got started as a teenager as an extra-curricular activity. I grew up in a very creative environment, my mother is an illustrator, my father an author. My mum always made sure we focused on something creative, and pointed out that I was always intrigued by the jewellery her friends were wearing. So, I opted for jewellery making. I did classes once a week and pretty soon it was my favourite day of the week. The workshop was in a beautiful little area in the mountains outside Caracas in Venezuela and it was incredibly inspiring.
Happier and more beautiful than before, confident and proud with a strong sense of attachment to the piece of jewellery, like a feeling of "I can't live without it!"
More than owning a piece of jewellery I often think of owning a lovely rare gemstone! Then I dream of the design process around it to make a piece of jewellery.
Ladies and gentlemen with free spirits and attracted to something different or unusual with good taste!
Love what you do as a first thing if it is a creative business.
Worldwide recognition of my work and brand!
I have many good clients for whom I have enjoyed and made lovely pieces so it's difficult to give credit just to one. But so far one of my best commissions was to design and make in copper all the displays for a major exhibition of Pre-Hispanic Art at the National Gallery in Caracas, Venezuela, my country of origin. It was a very successful exhibition and my work was credited nationwide.
Not at all, I didn't really plan to run a business so it's all new, exciting and challenging at all times...
My acorn earrings and my beaten Roman-Greek "Paper" rings from my Botanica Collection.
The best thing is the possibility of having a medium of expression for my designs and the worst is that the jewellery industry isn't very environmentally-friendly. That's a major concern. I try my best to recycle as much as I can and help in any way, for example supporting the ethical gold industry.
I love the art of Icons - they somehow have a way of keeping my attention and admiration of them. I love going to the Temple Gallery at Clarendon. Also I could always spend hours at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Wow! I think I would make myself a fan of the antique auctions and research all those treasures that are on offer.
A designer of another kind.