DANIELA KOMATOVIC

Professional in Jewelry Design.

About DANIELA KOMATOVIC

Daniela is a decent person, a very hardworking, multimedia artist, working in the field of jewelry design, photography, graphic design and painting. She is having fun with all kinds of art, she enjoys each of them so much that she wouldn't be able to give any of these forms up. Jewelry design is her priority and there is so much she wants to do in the near future, promoting her design all over Europe and showing something different and unique to the world.

  • Winner of Jewelry Design Award.
  • Specialized in Jewelry Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
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Interview with DANIELA KOMATOVIC

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
I always wanted to be involved in art. Apart from jewelry design I paint, do graphic design. Also, photography is my big passion. I love all kinds of art and everything that is connected with art as a philosophy. Knowing different forms of art helps me with other fields in my life.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
Most of my time I spend in my atelier, where all my ideas are born and where I realize them. This is the place where I get most inspired, where I have my peace, where my computer, easel, canvas, lighting and my camera are. There is my sketchbook where I prepare my graphic solutions. Also, I have all gemological tools and other necessary staff for creating my jewellery.
What is "design" for you?
Something that helps me to bring my ideas and feelings to realization so other people can see and feel my world.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I adore creating rings. Rings are definitely my favorite piece of art.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
It's a Gothic style engagement ring I designed. It's a black rhodium plated gold ring with the big black diamond and a stylish yellow gold detail. I love this model, I wear it every day as it makes me happy just to look at it.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
Gold, precious stones, diamonds and pearls. I prefer classic craftsmanship which gives absolutely a unique stamp to my work.
When do you feel the most creative?
Most of my ideas come while I am doing something with my hands, but also I get lots of ideas during the day in different situations.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
I am exploring geometry. And, in asymmetry, I always look for symmetry.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
Excitement and the adrenaline rush that overtake me during the creation process, the emotions and tension while overcoming all obstacles on my way to realizing all my ideas.
What makes a design successful?
Uniqueness and elegance, a clear definition, construction and the balance between raw materials - gold and stones. Minimalism, where certainly you can see the hidden beauty and clear form.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
The possibility to realize my initial idea and the functionality of my final product.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
The main responsibility of designers lies in their power to bring positive and holistic changes to the whole world.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
Fashion week in December 2016. The next exhibition will be on May 11th.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
The source could be anything at any time, it could be provoked by different situations or moments. It could be random things or shapes that I see by chance during the day. I read a lot and very often go for long walks in nature, so my inspiration can come from anywhere or anything I do every day.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
Minimalism, based on geometric shapes and the composition of precious stones and pearls. I enjoy mixing and playing with colors of all the precious stones I use. Atypical shapes of jewelry, I made it only from gold and precious stones, that is why my jewelry belongs to the category of fine jewelry and is unique.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I live in Prague, so, definitely, cultural heritage affects my design and all I do. Pros are lot's of possibilities that my city has as an old city and motivation that it offers, but, cons are, unfortunately, those that people in my country are not that much involved.
How do you work with companies?
I work with other companies when I need to produce my jewellery. Also, I am in contact with other companies when they need some advice regarding their space design.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
They should look for a stable, confident person, who is devoted to his profession and ready to work day and night if necessary to bring their ideas to the end.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
First, I imagine and dream about an item, let my imagination go wild and then I make a sketch with a pencil in my sketchbook. After that, I turn the sketch into a graphic in Illustrator and start creating it for real.
Can you describe a day in your life?
I wake up at six in the morning, then I start working at eight. I work all day, only break that I make is to take my kids from school and then I continue working until approximately seven or eight o'clock in the evening. I relax when I read in the evenings.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
My suggestion for them is to get inspired without copying other designers, since something like that won't bring them happiness.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Positive things are freedom of creating something nice, beautiful and useful which can bring happiness to everyone. The negative thing is that this creative profession can isolate you from social life. Every designer needs some space and peace while he/she explores and produces something and this can isolate him from the society.
What is your "golden rule" in design?
Beauty is in simplicity, there is no need to exaggerate anything.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
I get up very early and I work very hard all day long. Everything is in persistence.
What was your most important job experience?
For years, I worked in the wholesale gemstone industry where I learnt a lot and last two years, my experience as a designer in Diamond Spot jewellery store has been very valuable.
Who are some of your clients?
Luxury jewellery lovers, celebrities and people from diplomatic circles.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Drawing is something that I enjoy the most as well as painting. I also love to take pictures of my jewelry and make professional photos.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I want to continue with my jewellery design, photographing that jewellery and find more time for one of my biggest passions - painting.
How can people contact you?
People can visit my website: www.danielakomatovic.com and found all relevant information, Facebook and Instagram.
Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
I am fine with all questions that you had, there is nothing more to add. Thank you.

Extended Interview with DANIELA KOMATOVIC

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
For years, I worked for YU Diamond Center, a wholesaler of precious stones. I also design and make luxury jewellery. The fact that I studied graphic design certainly helped a lot.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
Searching for beauty and aesthetics was my motive. Firstly, I started working on some small designs just for myself, but, then, when people around me told me that they loved most of the things that I created, I started designing more and more and, slowly, it become my profession.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I mostly design rings, but I would love to design more men's cuff links.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
They should work worthwhile, persistently. To be ambitious and devoted to everything they do, to listen and believe in themselves.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
The value of good design is to give people what they need and want. It is necessary to invest in good design, otherwise product quality wouldn't be at a high level.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
If i had the time and opportunity, I would design jewellery for Van Cleef.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
My favorites are Zaha Hadid and Eva Jiřičná. I love them because they managed to break into the world of men, to become leaders in the world of architecture and design. They managed and implemented their ideas at a high level and they devoted all their life to creation and design.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
My winning ring. Because this ring has the function of a protective amulet.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
In order to constantly improve what they do, to need to seek new forms, follow the trends. That's how I also improve myself.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Design is clearly defined by the appearance of an object and every object is a function of design. Great design is more than just good aesthetics. It is the way we use objects.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
My parents who always directed me to art and my husband who is a gemologist.
What helped you to become a great designer?
When I was six years old, I went to art school. There, I learned about a variety of techniques that exists in the sphere of art. Then, during my high school, that knowledge helped me while studying at professional school of the applied arts, the graphic design department.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
A new collection with Tahiti pearls is my new project and I am planning to continue to make unique collections of jewellery. Also, I want to continue to deal with macro photography, taking pictures of my jewellery and paintings.
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
What they expect from me is to fully devote myself to every piece I create and they definitely expect me to create something new.
How does design help create a better society?
It causes that beautiful feeling of happiness, it creates a nice atmosphere and stimulates the need for aesthetics and beautiful things.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
Currently, I am working on my new collection which brings huge happiness to my daily life.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
My last collection Eye to the soul, the winning collection. This is because I really enjoyed making it and I love the final product. The jury's decision shows that other people love it too and this all together gives me the most satisfaction.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
Idea and dream come first, imagining and then work in my sketchbook.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
All this is important, because without it there would be no trendsetting products.
What do you wish people to ask about your design?
That would be something like: What is the feeling you get when looking at my design?
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
I always wonder how it is made and how this particular designer came to the idea to create something like that.
Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
My husband who is a gemologist, since his profession is compatible with what I do.
How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
gaining experience through intensive work. Great influences were my study of art, analysis of art and architecture, design also.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
It's a beautiful feeling that people appreciate my work and that I was rewarded for it, but I do not like to be too much in the spotlight.
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
My favorite color is black, place where i relax the most is a mountain. I love vegetables, spring, a photo camera and Kohinoor Pencils, the Czech brand.
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
I am motivated by nature, I look at the woods through the window of my studio. My day is great when I am happy with my working results.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
I don't think about future too much, I live in the present moment.
Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
I'd like people to know that I'm sensitive, cheerful, sincere, honest, that I love life and little things that make me happy. I like to help people. All I do is with absolute dedication and great love. I pay attention to every detail when I'm working. I would also like to let them know that I am involved in painting, photography, graphic design and that I am a multimedia artist. I do not just design jewellery, but I am also in other kinds of art, which are very important to me.

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