Virag Andersson is a Hungarian jewellery designer inspired by nature and the ocean, so Malta must be the perfect location for Virag to create her work. On The Trail Virag will be working on her bold pieces of jewellery and explaining more about her creative process at her pop-up open studio at Fly The Fly Vintage in Sliema.
“I wanted to live by the sea since I was a little girl. Hungary doesn’t have any seaside, but since I first visited the ocean, I knew that one day I would live near it. When I won an environmental law scholarship in New Zealand I knew that it would be a life-changing experience. I teach my kids every day that we are responsible for our environment, and that we must take care of it.”
Virag studied and practiced law in Budapest, though did not hesitate to leave her career behind for the dream of living in the Mediterranean with her husband, and to start creating her own wearable jewellery art.
“I just felt that it was meant to be. I needed to de-root from inland and move by the sea. Once we settled I was able to breathe again. The sea made me see things in a different light, colours and shapes became my life. I am glad that my children see me working with my own two hands and that they are learning to appreciate art first-hand.”
Virag’s main passion is enamelling, which is a process involving the application of melted glass onto metals like copper, silver or gold. This technique is a very old way of fusing metal surfaces with glass. Faberge eggs are exquisite examples of enamelling. Coloured glass is first ground into powder and then applied to metal before being melted in a kiln at 850 degrees. Every new colour on the surface requires a new application and a new firing. Imagery can also be created using this technique.
The idea for ‘Virag Andersson Jewellery’ was born in Malta in 2012, and her creations have been shipped far and wide to Africa, Australia and the United States. Her studio in Kappara is always open for visitors.
”Every piece of my enamel jewellery is unique. Because of the nature of enamelling the colours develop differently every single time, hence they can never be duplicated, and that is how it should be. We are all unique and we should celebrate this uniqueness.”