Karola Torkos’ jewellery reflects her interest in textiles, in changeable jewellery and her self-confessed obsession with circles. She wants people not to simply display her jewellery, but to interact with it by manipulating its appearance. This interaction hands the final step of the design process to the wearer, allowing a more personal relationship with the pieces. With no defined ‘good side’, no front or back, her opulent, colourful adornments are akin to drawings on the body, exploring the playground of possibilities of chaos versus order.
Born in 1975, Karola began her artisic training at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle in Germany, studying textile design for two years before leaving to start an internship at a goldsmithing workshop in her hometown of Erfurt. She returned to Halle in 1997 to study jewellery under Dorothea Prühl, and later completed her MA at the Royal College of Art in London. Her work has been shown in exhibitions across the UK and Europe.