Q&A Jewellery designer Tea Party at the Zoo

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I’m Hannah Lago and I run jewellery brand Tea Party at the Zoo. All designs are sketched by me and inspired by animals and vintage nostalgia. I then digitally format my designs so they can be laser cut onto acrylic perspex and plywood. Both materials are great for statement jewellery as they are lightweight which allows me to be adventurous with scale. I also create hair combs!

What 5 words best describe your work?

Playful, colourful, happy, fun, free

Do you have any design heroes?
I’m amazed by the sculpture and installations of Yayoi Kusama and Niki De Saint Phalle. I also admire them for their authenticity and breaking through a male dominated art world.

Emilio Pucci, Age of Reason and Karen Mabon for detailed, illustrative accessories. Sophie Cochevelou for challenging what materials can be used to make jewellery. Iris Apfel is my ultimate style icon.

Where is your studio?

My studio is called Marketplace Studios based in Stockport town centre. There are cobbled streets leading to the studio and it is  opposite the beautiful historic market. The studios were opened by MMU to encourage art graduates to set up their own businesses.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Drawing, glueing, painting, sanding, linking, connecting, polishing, typing, chatting, brewing

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work? 

I’m focusing on my festive designs and plan to release them on to a new Etsy shop I am working on for Christmas

What will you be selling at YULEDO? Anything new?

My favourite product are my new fox earrings, they come in orange and fluorescent orange and are an odd pair – head and tail motifs! I will be also selling my Christmas range colourful everyday range…I believe bright accessories should be worn all year round!

If you won £100 which artists work would you buy at YULE DO?   

Beautiful glassware by Catherine Mahe. I would save them for dessert!

Tell us something we don’t know
I graduated in Textiles but probably only touched a sewing machine once at university! Thankfully my course was very open but I would love to experiment with 3D courses such as ceramics, silver smithing and 3D printing.

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