Jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith from London.
An interview with Duffy
My name's Duffy and I’m a jeweller, silversmith and goldsmith, creating mainly bespoke works. Including my time studying, I’ve been creating jewellery for around twelve years.
What inspires me? Everything! I’ve never picked any one thing out as a point of reference: I’m inspired by everything I like and see on a daily basis. Growing up it was comic books – I wanted to be an illustrator originally - but my friends, family and the people around me have also had a huge influence on what I do.
I’ve never made a mood board, I’ve never gone into a library and picked out a book on say, butterflies. I’ve never done any of that. My work doesn’t often follow a specific theme: one thing just naturally leads onto another. I think having a theme can be quite a restrictive thing, especially with jewellery. I don’t want to create an earring, necklace and bracelet set that's all the same.
My work is quite solitary – I listen to music constantly. It depends on my mood really and what I’m doing: if working late doing something like wax carving I’ll choose something more chilled, like some old Tom Waits. If its morning and I need waking up then I’ll probably listen to some old hardcore or something.
I remember my first Fred Perry Shirt – it was a hand me down from my brother that I tried to wear as part of my PE kit, even though I wasn't really allowed. Then I got my hands on a copy of Richard Allen’s Skinheads book and immediately thought the shirt was cool. I’ve still got a really old white one, which I’ve worn for years.
When I customised a Fred Perry Shirt for the 60th Anniversary, I decided to dye it black – if you’re going to do something, you may as well go all out. I added the jewellery embellishment to the neck and I thought it needed a slicker base. I also wanted it to be smart, and black was the perfect back-drop. I finished it with some additional embroidery under the Laurel Wreath, to add a personal touch.
As my work is so all-emcompassing, I started tattooing as almost another outlet for my creativity. When you're doing something all day and all night, sometimes it's hard to see it as a release, so the tattooing has given me the chance to enjoy that again.