About Lydia Niziblian
I'm an independent jewellery designer/maker, working from my studio in the heart of Whitchurch Village in Cardiff, my hometown.
I discovered jewellery making accidentally, whilst working in TV production in London and looking for a hands-on arts based activity. Silver jewellery was the only course I could get to on time, and despite a job change meaning I only completed a single term of night classes, I was hooked (and I got my City & Guilds!). Since moving back to Cardiff and taking some time out with my then babies, I rented a studio space and practiced what I'd learned, self-teaching along the way. I have been making jewellery full-time now for many years.
I use gold and silver and traditional methods to create my jewellery. All the gold and silver sheet and wire is 100% recylced.
My jewellery designs feature a range of textures, patinas and finishes, exploring the concepts of weathering, aging and wear. These are brought to life with colourful, carefully selected gemstones, and contrasting textures and materials.
All of my jewellery is very tactile, and intended to feel as interesting as it looks.
Each piece is made with the intention of inspiring the happy feeling of found treasure.
I am autistic; part of which makes my sensory relationship with the world unusual. It informs my love of texture, contrast and many other aspects of how I create jewellery, including adding sensory elements. It also gives me an incredible ability to hyperfocus, which is very useful when dealing with projects! My current project The Shape of Words explores my sensory relationship with words.
On a personal note;my family & I share our home with assorted rescue animals; Sparky the dog, MeiMei and Pixel the cats, and the hooligan ferrets, Noodle & Bjorn.
I love video games, creatures, forests, good smells, clementines & firm hugs. I am a proud research champion for NCMH.
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