SoS: How did you end up doing what you do?
Christelle: Moving to Edinburgh from London was the catalyst for my career change. My job as a journalist and presenter in London was creative, yet I’d always had this yearning to create something with my hands. On impulse I had bought a stunning silver and gold necklace; as I held it, I knew in my heart that that was what I wanted to do. I was moving to Edinburgh a month later and as soon as I got here I applied to a jewellery-making course at the Leith School of Arts.
SoS: What designers/makers do you admire?
Christelle: It has to be Coco Chanel. She started from nothing, moved mountains in the world of fashion and changed women’s lives with her pioneering designs, and she owes her success to her sheer resourcefulness tenacity and vision. A true creative and a true leader.
SoS: Who or what inspires you?
Christelle: I have a huge appetite for life, which is my main source of inspiration. Creating is my way of celebrating every moment we’re given and my latest collection, Renaissance, can be worn every moment of every day. In terms of design, I have always been drawn to circular shapes, for me it’s spheres the milestones along the journey. The stone is set within a delicate orbit symbolising our connection with the universe and each other. Most of all, I like to create something beautiful and seductive which makes us smile and feel sexy.
SoS: What makes you laugh?
Christelle: My daughter, Fleur. She has a cracking sense of observation and makes the funniest impersonations. She is my most precious gem.
SoS: What are you working on?
Christelle: I’m sketching new designs and I am looking for new stockists. My jewellery is available at the Scottish Design Exchange in Ocean Terminal; it’s an innovative concept where artists pay rent but no commission. It’s very supportive of the designers and is a great community of artists who make unique, high-quality products you can’t find on the high street.
SoS: Is there any object you desire?
Christelle: A teleporting machine to hang out with my mum and dad in the French Jura mountains at the press of a button: I miss them and they miss me.
SoS: Big screen movie or TV drama?
Christelle: British TV dramas are the best.
SoS: What book would you recommend?
Christelle: Albert Cohen’s “Belle du Seigneur” or “In Order To Live” by Yeonmi Park.
SoS: Best music to work to?
Christelle: “The Piano” by Michael Nyman.
SoS: Camping or hotel comforts?
Christelle: It depends on the weather. A roofless hotel in a warm country is perfect, or glamping. Nature meets luxury.