Sunday Times

ERIC LOUB­SER

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JEW­ELLER

I’ve been a jew­eller for about 10 years, and am co-owner of Stu­dio Loub­ser and Tinsel Gallery.

The ear­rings I de­signed are based on scrunched-up pa­per – an ev­ery­day ob­ject made pre­cious.

Hand­made craft to me is an artis­tic ex­pres­sion. It means be­ing able to see the maker in the process. When it comes to jew­ellery, I’ve found that hand­made jew­ellery is of a bet­ter qual­ity and is gen­er­ally longer last­ing. There is a warmth, in­tel­li­gence and artis­tic in­tegrity to hand­made prod­ucts com­pared with cold, mind­less mass- pro­duced “stuff”. You wouldn’t ex­pect a Miche­lin star chef to use two-minute noo­dles …

HMC is the only fair we get in­volved in as Tinsel Gallery. From the start, the high level of prod­ucts drew us to be part of HMC and this year Tinsel gallery has been selected as a fea­tured de­signer.

HMC is sim­i­lar to our brand in that its high-end,

but with a ca­sual feel. A like-minded fair will at­tract like-minded peo­ple.

This year I’m look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time in

a re­laxed, beau­ti­fully show­cased en­vi­ron­ment with great food and wine and in­ter­est­ing peo­ple.

Ev­ery year there seems to be new de­sign­ers from all

over Africa that I’ve not heard of, now I get the chance to see and meet them at HMC.

The di­ver­sity of peo­ple and prod­ucts is what makes me come back ev­ery year.

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