I came across Mia’s jewelry at the Bosnian Born exhibit. Her pieces were bold, eye-catching and a statement in itself. For me it was love at the first sight, if you can really fall in love with jewelry. And I can. My affair with Oblik Atelier started with an innocent look, an admiration, careful acquaintance, and finally a desire. At the end of my intrigue, I was hooked and I knew she was an artist I wanted to display at Portmanteau.
Beautiful and talented Mia Hebib is Bosnian born. She spent most of her life in Croatia and then moved to Brooklyn, NY where she resides today and handcrafts her jewelry in an intimate setting. Her studio started as a limited edition studio. The first collections were limited to editions of 13. The number 13 is of personal significance in Mia’s life.
Today, Oblik Atelier carries “The Brass Brand” Collection, an alliance between fashion and art. The pieces are bold, but elegant, with an architectural form.
And “I do” collection, especially created for soon to be married couples.
I have asked Mia some questions: What new things are you currently excited about? I’m currently preparing for a blast of new things for Oblik. We are participating at the Who’s Next trade show in Paris.We will be attending the Norton Museum of Art Bijoux event in Feburary and we have some great press coming out in Elle and Vogue. We will also have a trunk sale in the beginning of March at Henri Bendel. How did you decide to pursue jewelry making? It happened without too much thought. I wanted be a part of a small department at the school that I was going to, and I wanted to make things with my hands… this led me to metalsmithing. I’ve recently found some photos of my first pieces and was astonished that some are still relevant. What inspires you to create and what is the process of producing of one your beautiful pieces Lines, shapes, forms. Drawing out and pulling out visually thesimplest of forms while continuing to challenge my technical skills. My pieces breathe and exude effortlessness, yet there’s so much thought behind them. Once in the process of making these, lines just come to life so spontaneously which is such a rewarding experience. We can’t tell the future, but what are your dreams? I’d like to collaborate with an interesting designer (CÉLINE and Maria Cornejo). I’d like to have presence in both European and US markets and I’m setting that up as we speak. And I’d like to have a few interesting side projects that are not related to jewelry, but perhaps to a completely different field…that is cooking up as well. Best thing about your job? Being creative and seeing ideas that are in my head come to life in 3D. What is your personal style? I like clean lines, clothing that is well tailored, yet not overly feminine but with an edge. I like to accessorize with the shoes as they are my biggest obsession and of course bits of my jewelry. I like pop of color and asymmetry in my clothing, as well as in my expression. Any words you live by? I know it’s a cliché, but I do love “Less is more” and it is how I design and how I live. I’ve recently came across Aristotle’s Excellence, that is not an act but a habit and that really spoke to me. I have been persistent with my work and I’ve believed for years and I can finally see how some things are properly aligning and it’s wonderful, frightening and exciting at the same time. — I can’t wait to see what new and interesting project Mia is working on. Whatever it is, I am sure it will be done with passion and excellence. The result will be amazing, just like everything in Oblik Atelier. Tell me, how do you like Mia’s jewelry? What is your favorite piece? Are you in any pursuit of excellence?