Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Evelyn Hodowany!

Good evening lovely people!

Phew I've had a busy day today, meeting a friend for lunch and looking around cute boutiques in Edinburgh!  My train was cancelled due to all the horrible wet , drizzly weather we have been having.  Luckily there was another one I was able to hop on.  Wish I could be a lady of leisure every day ;p 

Today I would like to share an interview with the loverly Evelyn Hodowany!  Her beautiful necklaces are just so original and fun, they make me smile :)  She has just set up her new website which is fab and you can buy her work in her Etsy store too.  Just see the link at the bottom of this post!


- Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Evelyn Hodowany and I was born in Poland & raised in Australia. I studied Media Arts at Uni before moving on to Interior Design.  I think I’m allergic to maths and science because I have always gravitated towards art ;) and I've spent most of my life experimenting and working with different mediums.  Seven years ago my husband and I sold or gave away everything but our washing machine and books to live abroad.  We moved to Vancouver, Canada where we lived for 3 years after which we moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where we lived for 2 years.  During this time a friend of mine suggested I participate in the West End Fair during the 2010 Fringe Festival and that’s where MotherWasRight was born.   I've been living in Munich, Germany for almost 2 years now and I’m not sure where we’ll end up next, but I love my work and my range continues to grow so we’ll see what the future holds ;)

- Where do you get your key inspiration for your designs?

My inspiration comes mainly from our travels, from observing everyday images and materials I encounter and thinking of different ways of using them.  I have days where I can come up with loads of ideas if I’m really inspired so I try to catch them before they fly away.  I have a stack of paper scraps and post it notes with scribbled ideas and I keep a pad and pen beside the bed.

- How did you first become interested in designing jewellery?

When I look back on it now, I can see why I naturally fell into making jewellery -  it was a result of the change in my lifestyle.  I love to travel and I like to travel light (thanks to easy jet and ryan air luggage restrictions)  My standard travel clothes are mainly black or solid colours.  So I started to wear more statement jewellery that stood out but didn't take up as much space as clothes would in my bag.  I always treat myself to a unique handmade piece wherever I go, but I also started to make my own.

- I love the wee bench people necklaces! Where did you get the idea to create these?

The inspiration behind the bench people was beautiful Edinburgh.  There are lots of memorial benches dotted around this picturesque city.  My husband took a beautiful picture of one of them atop Calton Hill and the idea came to me as I was admiring it one day.

- What do you aim to achieve with your unique style?

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."  Biochemist Szent Gyorgyi I get a kick out of coming up with original ideas using everyday materials.  The wee people I use for my Park Bench series are made for architects and railway enthusiasts, but I love the fact that I can use them to create little scenes you can wear around the neck.  A mother and child on a bench will evoke a mother’s memory of when her child was young while an old couple on a bench symbolise a wish that a couple will grow old together.

- Do you have any new pieces in the pipeline?

I have loads of ideas. I usually have 2 or 3 I’m working on in the background at a time.  When I get stuck on something I move onto the other one and then the solution will present itself – more often than not while I’m in the shower or in the supermarket.  You’ll just have to wait and see ;)

-What is your favourite piece to date?

My favourite piece would be Estelle and Fred because I’d like to think that will be me and my hubby one day - just sitting there people watching and chatting away.

- Do you have any advice for other young designers?

Accept the fact that not everyone will like your work.  It might hurt a little because creating something yourself is a very personal thing.  That’s ok.  Some may not even appreciate the value of your idea or the work that has gone into turning that idea into something you can
actually hold in your hand or better yet - wear.  Creating is a gift you should embrace and there are many people out there that will appreciate and admire your work.

- Any exciting news to share?

Yeah :D my website is finally up and running ;)

 Check out Evelyn's gorgeous website for more cute, quirky designs.  These mobile necklaces are just beautiful.  

I would just like to thank Evelyn for letting me write this post, all pictures used are copyright of Evelyn Hodowany.

Dittery Dot


  1. They really are so unique. Fab interview too Hazel xx

  2. Thanks so much for interviewing me Hazel! I enjoyed answering your questions and felt like a celeb for a wee moment ;D. I’m so pleased you like my work that you chose to share it on your lovely blog.

  3. Am glad you like it Lou! Hehe happy to make you feel like a celeb, your website looks wonderful btw Evelyn :)