Conversations with an Artist: Betul Malik
Betül Malik launched her eponymous fine jewelry collection in 2010 after working in revered jewelry houses in Europe. Her aesthetic is a celebrated minimalism while brilliantly sophisticated and elegant. Her strong ethos, using recycled gold, ethically sourced and recycled diamonds and high quality craftsmanship, is a testimony of beauty and mastery. Betül has a strong aesthetic that translates to timeless pieces as future heirlooms.
Describe the moment you realized art fed your soul.
I grew up around architects as my father was in the construction and steel business. I always wanted to be an architect as a little girl. I remember making jewellery from cigarette packaging lining when I was in elementary school (my parents used to smoke at that time). My design passion started at that young age!
What themes do you pursue in your art?
Culture, identity, love, struggle, justice, nature, beauty.
Tell us about what influences the direction for your craft.
Family, heritage, nature, memories and experiences!
How has your work developed over time?
I am training and developing my creativity skills all the time. With hard work, flexibility and life experiences inspiration keeps revealing itself. Jewelry has been an ongoing passion as well as home design and I am currently in a UC Berkeley program for interior design and interior architecture.
What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?
Paper, pencil and music
Do you collect anything?
I collect art (paintings and Japanese woodblock prints), books, handmade silver objects and antique crystal decanters.
What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve seen, read, watched or listened to recently?
I started gardening. I fell in love with nature one more time! So much to admire, love and be grateful for what mother nature gives us.
What advice would you give to your younger self about your artistic journey?
Take more risks, be more courageous but wait before making big decisions.
What role has music played for you while you work?
Music has always played a big role in my life: It's healing, inspiring, calming, moving...
~ Bonnie & Jeffrey