White bats with big wings, little pigs with a star-painted back, ballerinas, rings and tiny pendants reminding of some happy blue dots on a sunny sky – there are not characters from a fantastic fairytale, but jewellery, signed What If I Fly, just ready to be worn. I talked with Anca Popescu and Anca Negescu, the creative duo behind the brand, about the beginnings and love for porcelain miniatures.
What If I fly – the jewellery line is name this way because…
“What if I… ?”
“What if I can’t?”
“What if… ?”
“What if I fall?
Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” said Erin Hanson.
What If I Fly, Porcelain Stories, was born from such questions.
It came as an answer in a context where no answer seems certain, palpable. It is an invitation to fly, to float, fully trusting the direction towards which life leads us. (Anca Negescu)
Anca Popescu – … we were a match. This is a simple and honest answer. I love to express myself this way, to create small sized three-dimensional shapes when it comes to jewellery and slightly larger when it comes to sculptures. This is a personal search of that certain “something” that one cannot live without and which one never ceases to look for. It permanently springs from within itself.
Your journey in fashion world started with…
A.N. – … art, love and What If I Fly.
A.P. – … my love for miniature and turning the real universe of big things and beings into my own tiny universe of miniature things and beings.
The hardest thing a young designer should face these days is…
A.P. – … to believe in what they do and to have the courage to prove it.
The next collection it is going to be about…
A.P. – … the woman’s body. About how frailty and strength coexist and blend in her, dancing together, creating life and the feminine eroticism.
What if I Fly jewellery will tell about the women who wear it?
A.N. – That they are delicate, yet fearless in expressing their personality with elegance and grace.
Old school items that will always inspire me are…
A.N. – … vintage hair accessories and vintage clutch bags.
A.P. – … old toys.
The jewellery designer we admire most is… Lydia Courteille.
The most extravagant thing I wish to design is…
A.P. – … an object that is alive. Creating objects that are alive is the ultimate extravagance and my most beautiful dream.
We need fashion in our life because…
A.N. – We don’t really need it. But we choose it because we love it and because a girl’s life would be so dull without it. Actually, everybody’s life would be dull without it.
Anca & Anca – how is the life of a creative duo?
Anca Negescu is more down to earth.
Anca Popescu is more of a dreamer.