Ilona works, predominantly, with precious metals and semi-precious stones to create unique and inspiring pieces.
Ilona has always been inspired to create and make jewellery. From a young age she started experimenting with wire and beading for family and friends. As her passion for jewellery grew she had the opportunity to expand her knowledge at school and, by the age of 16, was producing works in silver and setting semi-precious stones.
To expand her creative horizons Ilona then studied and completed a degree in Textiles at Chelsea College of Art and Design. The culmination of Ilona’s interest in jewellery, and her new learnings in textiles came together in her final show: wire and chain interwoven into an array of fabrics creating her first semi-professional collection of scarves for men, Chain Male.
Inspired by the creative path she was on and encouraged by the feedback from her Chain Male collection, Ilona received the opportunity to work in film and theatre as a Textile Artist. She was lucky enough to work in the textile departments for a number of big budget films, including Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans and John Carter as well as time spent working for the English National Opera. Her time on these projects gave her a deep appreciation of the subtleties of textiles and metal manipulation; her passion for creating fantastic pieces of jewellery was re-ignited.
Ilona went on to study Jewellery Design at Holt’s academy and underwent industry internships with Stephen Webster and Erickson Beamon. She started working in her own studio space at Flux Studios in September 2011, designing and making her own jewellery.
Currently, Ilona enjoys working in silver and gold, incorporating semi-precious stones. She draws inspiration from nature, having based collections on ‘moon rocks’ and aquatic life.
She welcomes commissions.