svikis. is wearable architecture; embracing technology to push the boundaries and reach new possibilities in jewellery design.
3d printed, genderless collections of rings, pendants and earrings feature recurring themes, drawing upon influence from Japanese architecture, sculpture, minimalism and geometry. Beautiful objects in their own right, each svikis. piece is designed with architectural precision, with clean lines and unique textured finishes.
svikis. is for the individual with a distinct sense of style, who isn’t afraid to make a statement.
Established in 2017 in Sydney, svikis. was founded by Marika Svikis, a designer and technologist with a background in architecture.
The ability to prototype, test ideas and iterate quickly is one of the things that drew Marika to using 3D printing technology. That, and the ability to create designs with such precision in their geometries that wouldn’t be possible using more traditional (non-3D printing) methods.
Like minimalist architecture, the complexity of Marika’s work lies in her understanding and appreciation of the detail and precision that is integral to the structural and geometric qualities of each piece. Clean edges, surfaces and corner details are exactly the same in any built form - the hardest thing to get right, with any flaws immediately obvious. Marika fell in love with this pursuit for perfection, and now instead of designing buildings, Marika is using 3D printing and jewellery as her medium.
Image: svikis, Naoshima Pendant, 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist; Marika Svikis, portrait. Photo courtesy of the artist.
OBJECT SHOP MAKER Q&A
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
svikis. jewellery started out of a love for designing and making, and inspiration from my grandfather. I always admired his experimental jewellery making and vividly remember running around his workshop as a kid. There was wall to wall of all kind of tools imaginable! I even use some of them today. svikis. is influenced heavily by minimalism and Japanese architecture, my love for which evolved through studying architecture at UTS. We were taught 3d modelling and I was excited to experiment with 3d printing for jewellery. It allows me to design both simple and complex geometries which would be extremely difficult to do using traditional jewellery making methods!
Describe the last thing you made?
The last thing I made was actually a hand-sketched illustration for a birthday present.
What part of the making process do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy prototyping 3d prints before landing on a final design. It's always exciting seeing something which exists only in a computer come to life!
Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?
There are so many incredible local makers that I follow. To name a few - Carl Noonan (@carlnoonanjewellery), TAMMY LUK (@tammy_luk), Albert Tse (@alberttsemetalsmith), DOOLHAUS (@doolhaus). There's so many more but it could take up the whole page.
What's next on the horizon for you?
Next on the horizon for me is exploring 3d printing further and casting in precious metals. I've got some plans to expand upon current collections in the next few months.