Ahoi, I'm Marlen

Ahoi, I'm Marlen

Marlen Stahlhuth
freelance photographer // Nylon Mag, BLONDE Mag, INDIE Mag, VICE, adidas etc.
casting / photo production / visual concept creation / social media






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May I introduce: Niwen Paola

Artist Interview

She looks like a mix of Sailor Moon and Moon Child from "The NeverEnding Story". Star Wars and Game of Thrones also seems to pop into your mind once a while. Niwen Paola doesn't live in the ivory tower though but in Barcelona, which is where we met the first time. While I met her during Fashion Week she has actually started designing jewelery about six years ago. During my last stay, I visited her at home and we talked about fan love for Peter Jackson, fantasy worlds and shopping musts.

When did you start making jewelery and why? 
I started in jewelery about six years ago. It was a little by chance, as I was in the university, studying translation. But I always have liked artistic work, so I signed up for the jewelery workshop at JORGC, just to try out. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to pursue a career in that way. I continued my formation in different workshops and jewelery schools in Barcelona.

What was your first piece? Describe it? 
One of the first pieces I’m really proud of was a silver bracelet quite wide with holes that reminded of Gaudi’s modernistic architecture.  

Who did you make your first sell to? 
As nearly everybody starting in the business, my first sell was to a friend of my mother ́s.  

What inspires you? Movies, books, Comics, People? 
My inspiration: It ́s a mixture of several things ranging from buildings to expositions, but definitely fantasy and science fiction movies have been the starting point to develop my style in this business. The Lord of the Rings (now also the Hobbit), Blade Runner, Barbarella, The Neverending Story and any film that has that ethereal/fictitious air to it. There are also movies the plot of which I doesn ́t really like, but with very inspiring aesthetics. Ah! And of course Game of Thrones has a very inspiring role in my life. 
Regarding to books, undoubtedly Tolkien’s world, akin to my “bible”, also Isaac Asimov novels are a great source of inspiration.
Regarding people, I find it harder for me to get inspiration from the real world when trying to create. But I would mention Grimes videos as a kind of aesthetics I like, also George Meliès with his cinema work and artist Alphonse Mucha with his good taste in creation.  

What materials do you use? 
The materials that I use, vary.  I have no set rules. For smaller pieces I usually use metals with the most value such as gold and silver. For tiaras I use alpaca and brass, but I adapt to what the customer desires. Regarding stones: I seldom design a piece of jewelery without a gem in it. Normally I use semi-precious gems but I have also used a wide range, from rubies and sapphires to quartzes and synthetics. What really counts for me is the final result.  

How long does it take to make a tiara? 
What in the past took me 3 days to complete, now takes me half a day. At least considering tiaras. It’s all practice.  

If you could choose anybody (dead or alive) who would you like to design a special piece for and why?  I would really have loved to design the prototype pieces for Peter Jackson and his production Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. Or also design a piece for a season of Game Of Thrones. If I had to choose a specific person whom I would like to design a piece for, it would be difficult to answer. Maybe Galadriel, or Arwen. Nevertheless I am happy if somebody is wearing my jewels, regardless of who it is.  

Can you make a living out of what you do? 
Not at the moment, I am working at another jewelery store. But I am optimistic, with a little more effort and persistence everything is achievable.  

What would be your goal, if budget wasn't a problem? 
My goal and ultimate aim is to live doing what I love most. Anyway, I’d go and live close to Peter Jackson so he could offer me a role in his next movie. Maybe I’d work gold and platinum only, and I would create a collection for Chanel. It’d be amazing see my designs presented at the very place Vendôme in Paris.  

Who's your favorite designer? Which Catwalk Show, or collection would you like to collaborate with? 
I don’t have a favorite designer, but I would love to work with Balmain, Chanel, Van cleef and Arpels; María Ke Fischerman, Pepa Salazar, Isaac y Manu just to name a few. And of course, again with my friends Krizia Robustella and Ahida Agirre. I look forward to establish a more artistic cooperation with my friend Blanca Miró.    

You make more than tiaras, also rings etc. Tell me a little about that. What takes longer, what is more fun, what came first?
For the time being, tiaras take me way less amount of time, because I made a lot of them. I really would not like to prefer a type of piece over another, but at the end of the day, fresh tiara designs pop into my mind instantly. I can’t help it. Anyway, at the beginning, first there were the rings.  

Your style is very unique and 90s like, who's your fashion idol? Or whom do admire for their way of styling?  I have never been able to define my style throughout the years. What is most important to me is that it reflects my way of doing and thinking. At this time my personal style displays my inclination towards fantasy and all those worlds, which are non- existent yet so fascinating. That’s why I use lots of shiny, silver and gold colored accessories; platform shoes, tiaras and I like to experiment with hair styles. In this regard, I am quite impressed by Brooke Candy’s looks and style; she just seems from another planet, yet bordering a bit on the ordinary in my opinion. I like things that are sexy but not ordinary. Another person I have a high regard for is Miranda Makaroff, especially the way she does her hair, and because of the fact that anything she wears looks good on her. I really don’t get how she manages to do it, really. If I would have to point out something extraordinary about the 90 ́s, it would be Madonna’s style during her ‘Ray of Light’ period. I also like to combine classic items like a jacket with more extreme garments.  

Which shops do you shop at? 
Most important garment in any wardrobe like a nice coat: Zadig et Voltaire, indispensable: KR Store. For basics: American Apparel, for shoes: Candem shoes and Solestruck (online) and finally for bits and pieces H&M.  

What's your favorite piece of clothing in your closet? 
I really don’t know. Right now an Ahida Agirre silver crop top. Also a shelled top by Krizia Robustella, a vintage sequin t-shirt with a mermaid look given to me by my friend Blanca, my Zadig et Voltaire hairy coat and my New Rock boots.  

Top three song on your ipod? 
Three songs, that’s a tough question. Right now; The Human Beat Box from the Fat Boys, Requiem Lacrimosa by Mozart, and Sunday Stripper by Cock Sparrer.   Where are you in 10 years from now?  Seriously, no idea.

Aug. 4, 2013

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