Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Bettina Gomez-Latus ("BG") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
BG : After completing my Abitur, my focus became art, in particularly drawing and I was privileged to be a personal guest at Willi Schmidt, the State College of Fine Arts - Städelschule – Frankfurt am Main for two semesters. Shortly thereafter, I was able to begin my training as a goldsmith with the Theoretical Education at the State Art Academy in Hanau with a practical workshop experience at the Vocational Training Center of the Rhine Chamber of Commerce in Frankfurt am Main. I then spent some time in Vienna with the jewellery designer Anna Haindl, some in Munich with goldsmith master Bernhard Kiefer and finally in Frankfurt am Main with jeweller Friedrich and jeweller Hessenberg. In 1993, it was finally time to take the step into self-employment. Since then my unique pieces have been presented in several national and international exhibitions. In 2000, I opened Artemisa Galerie für Schmuck und Design GmbH in Oberursel, representing various well-known jewellery designers. After the birth of our daughter, however, I decided to close the gallery and set up a studio on our premises to allow me more time for my family.
BG : My passion for jewellery was born in England, Devon Totnes, when I was 14 years old. I went to a boarding school where I studied design, art, sculpture and goldsmithing. The combination of craftsmanship and design taught there has been a fascination for me ever since.
BG : It was my own decision to become a jewellery designer.
BG : I work in the field of jewellery design and love to design any type of jewellery.
BG : Young designers should above all believe in their talent, have fun at design and work a lot.
BG : Knowing the latest techniques and experience, never losing a sense of creativity and originality to produce timeless pieces.
BG : Good design must be functional and reduced to the essentials in its own way. Above all, it should remain current for many years and a pleasure to look at.
BG : Objects with good design do not have to be changed again and again. They should be made of high-quality materials and therefore durable for long years. Good design costs knowledge and time but gives great rewards.
BG : I always love to design jewellery. I would like to design jewellery for the famous Companies Tiffany or Cartier, or even develop jewellery for quite different brands like Coca Cola, which are currently not in the jewellery business.
BG : I would love to continue the development of BEGOLA and the exclusive Begols (Charms) to fulfill the vision I have for them.
BG : Have fun designing and do not be afraid of challenges.
BG : There are many different designers who have influenced me with one or more pieces of jewellery. I could not nominate just one designer who has influenced me, as inspiration comes from the exposure to many different things.
BG : The clamping ring from Niessing is legendary as the processing of the various precious metals amongst each other is unique.
BG : My "infinity version" of a large facetted vermarine (green quartz) prasiolite droplet. The mount and the loop of the pendent is held by a single thin round wire. Nothing affects the beauty of the stone. The shape of the jewellery is reduced to the shape and yet wonderfully soft in shape and outstanding to wear.
BG : I have worked constantly to strive to improve myself. I await criticism from others to ensure that I am the best I can be.
BG : This is a difficult question, because jewellery design is my passion and I cannot really imagine doing anything else. Biology interested me after my Abitur, or perhaps show business...... I could imagine having landed in a theater or film world as a stage manager.
BG : I like the pleasure of touching good design. It must be perfect optically and functionally effective and tactile, without being produced at the expense of the environment!
BG : My biggest supporter is my family, my husband, my mother and my daughter.
BG : The constant criticism of my family and a belief in myself.
BG : The lack of sufficient money to implement the design fully.
BG : Always perfect without to many frills
BG : I am developing new engagement rings, I do not want to tell you more. An exciting project.
BG : To surprise people with our products and to become known all over the world.
BG : Perfection and a great deal of feelings.
BG : Producing well designed products, without wasting the worlds resources.
BG : I am currently working on a very colorful series of rings, with a new technique and great gemstones.
BG : My Loop Design Series: It is wonderfully comfortable to wear....... like a feather to the owner.
BG : More designs with longevity.
BG : I have no idea. As ever, the car industry is very strong.
BG : It can take from a few days to many months.
BG : In the morning after drinking a coffee and going for a walk with our dog.
BG : See the beauty in life.
BG : It would be nice if design sets the trends. Often however, it is the other way around.
BG : Technology plays a very important role in my design. Without knowledge of the technology possibilities, designs could not be realized.
BG : CAD with 3D plot.
BG : The colours of precious gemstones or enamel and the combination with the precious metal play a vital role in the design of jewellery. It is these interactions which are fundamental to the creativity of a design.
BG : Actually, I just want people to wear and enjoy my jewellery with pleasure and not ask about the design.
BG : Wow, great! Why did I not think of that?
BG : Yes, I can imagine working with a timepiece, pocket or fashion designer for a project.
BG : My family.
BG : "Color from the Fire" by Simone Rößler.
BG : I read a lot and like to try new techniques.
BG : René Lalique
BG : I do not feel famous, yet I am very happy and proud to have won my first Design prize.
BG : Favorite color: pink Favorite place: the kitchen table in our home Favorite food: salmon with salad Favorite season: late spring and autumn Favorite: RAL D2 card slots and the iPad from Apple Favorite Brand: BEGOLA
BG : Often while designing, our family cat "Martha", first strokes my legs, then jumps onto my lap, purrs and finally sits on my design sketches on the kitchen table. She forces me to take a break and reflect on what I am creating. She seems to have an influence on my designs.
BG : The best days are the days when all in the family are healthy and happy and started the day with a smile. It is truly is inspiring!
BG : No, not at all. Only the wish, was already there!
BG : If we are lucky and humanity does not destroy everything it is living on, the world should remain a wonderful blue planet on which all life can live happily. It is unfortunately, only a great wish and deep hope!
BG : Jewellery must be fun and straightforward. It is meant to convey the joy of life, to remember beautiful moments. Above all, however, it should underline the charisma and thus the personality of the wearer.
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