Facets are one of the key visual themes in the collection ‘Vincent’, seen here as sculptural cufflinks.
‘Vincent’ is a tale about a darkly suave, dangerously sophisticated, Russian gangster – ruling London’s underworld with his enigmatic, fiery power. Vincent is an oligarch of the underground, the indisputable ruler of his own dark kingdom.
I imagine Vincent to be impeccably dressed, a gentleman through and through. You would perhaps just see the back of his perfectly tailored coat as he sped off down a dark alleyway, or a flash of his cufflinks as he stalked out of the bar he’d just completed his latest dark deal in.
It was clear from the outset that cufflinks would be an important part of this collection.
Whilst the world of Vincent grew in my mind I was spending a lot of time looking at, and drawing, monumental Soviet modernist architecture, and the incredible Russian communist propaganda graphics. I loved the brutalist lines, and clean graphic forms – they have incredible understated power.
It was these that really went into the development of the faceted shapes you see in these cufflinks, and across the whole collection. Trying to capture that sense of sculpture, but with an underlying feeling of strength and vitality.