Jordan Askill is a conjurer. Taking cues from what surrounds him, the young Australian focuses on purity–primarily in the form of wild creatures–to inspire his work. Creating relatively bite-sized versions of his epic animal sculptures, Jordan develops to-scale necklaces, bracelets, and rings that deliver the same feral intensity you feel in a museum standing beside the real thing. Whether panther head earrings, a gem-studded swallow pendant, or a horse-trio jewelry box, Askill's output is a playful tussle between form, function, and fashion.
I recently had the opportunity to ask the designer-sculptor about his work at Dior Homme, his processes of creation, and what he sees for the future of Askill Projects. Check out what Jordan had to say, as well some up close and personal pics of his work!
Lions, horses, and panthers! So, what especially draws you to animal figuration in your jewelry?
I've always been drawn to them, the idea of them, the iconography depicted through time. They have this energy and an untouched, pure quality. To me, this is so precious–it's a quality that connects perfectly to the jewelry and sculptural objects I want to create.
Your work undeniably requires much meticulousness. Can you describe how something like the Horse Wave Jewelry Boxcomes into being?
First, I re-sculpted the horse that I had used in my original sculpture. Turning it into a usable object was the difficult part–keeping the detail of the animals was very important to me. I was pleased with how it turned. Something precious you could keep your precious things in!
What was the most valuable thing you took away from your time at Dior Homme?
The people I met and the friends I will keep forever.
What was it like as an Australian in Paris? Any beloved haunts?
I had such a special time living there. It felt magical–like entering a kingdom. I found the Seine amazing–especially the point where it meets Ile Saint-Louis. Notre-Dame was quite spiritual, as well. We spent a lot of time at the Port de Vanves market, and lying on the grass in the Luxembourg gardens.
In addition to sculpture and accessories, you work through another medium–video. Do you have any film projects coming up?
We're working on another 3D project that brings to life an earlier sculpture.
What's on the horizon for Askill Projects?
For the moment, I am making sure that my jewelry and sculpture run smoothly, and I'm looking forward to creating more films.