As my colleagues scattered for a casual walkabout on their own time, my host said she was heading to a friend’s shop to pick up a pair of customized earrings she had made. Enter the world of Estonian jewellery designer Anneli Tammik who lives and works in a funky and artistic shop on an upper floor in old town Tallinn. She considers herself a freelance artist, though jewellery design has always been her specialty ever since she graduated from the Estonian Academy of Art.
With more than 30 exhibitions under her belt and countless awards, Anneli is no amateur. Since 2006, Anneli has made jewellery for Evelin Ilves, the first lady of Estonia. She has been designing masterpieces for the wife of Estonia’s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves since 2006. When I asked her how she came to create gems for her, she replied, “Estonia is a small country, where everyone know everyone else and I just happened to be at the right place at the right time.”
Anneli is noted to have changed the face of jewellery design in Estonia, using the latest technology to introduce a new dimension to a field long classified as mere ‘handicraft’. Below, she is at work in her studio.
Her studio is small but efficient and when I was there, she had two assistants helping her with repairs and creations from scratch. My host had lost an earring and Anneli re-created the original to match her remaining piece…it was astonishing but they were indeed, identical.
She wears an authentic face and a pure soul to the outside world. Here, she presents a shyer side of herself as she poses for a photo as I snap away.
Newly finished pieces and others still in progress lay scattered across her work table.
I look around. She has it covered. All that I take in is organized and makes as much sense in her world as it is foreign in mine. Paint brushes. Tools. Hammers. Wood plates. Fire torches. Glue. Molds. Paints. Cleaning Cloths.
A beautifully elegant finished product.
You can see her portfolio here.
Note: this experience was hosted by the Estonian Tourism but my opinions expressed are entirely my own. For more on style, go to Estonia & Style or our General Europe Style section. All Photo Credits: Renee Blodgett, We Blog the World and Magic Sauce Media and for more on Estonia in general, visit our Estonia page.