Artist Interview: Noon Jewelry's Sophia Armstrong
Who are you and what do you design?
My name is Sophia Armstrong, and I am the heart and soul behind Noon Jewellery. I design and fabricate each piece by hand in my Strathcona studio. I have always loved the beauty and magic of pearls, and I try to use them as much as possible in my collections.
Tell us about your journey as an artist.
Both my mother and grandmother were artists, so I was exposed to many mediums at a young age - mainly painting and photography - but nothing felt quite right until I started working in metal. When I landed on jewellery it felt perfect. I worked in fashion for quite a while before starting my line so it was the perfect marriage of fashion, art and design. From there it has been an exciting and ever evolving process!
If you could choose one word to describe your collection what would it be?
Where do you find your inspiration?
I spend a lot of time researching and I look to mostly paintings and sculpture for inspiration. I have always been attracted to things that are not quite perfect - "unusual beauty" let's call it. I am pretty lucky, as I have always had a strong understanding of what I like and what I don't - so I trust my intuition as much as I possibly can when working on a new piece of jewellery.
Have you taken any risks to land where you are now?
Quitting my job to go back to school was a pretty good risk I would say! I spent two years at Vancouver Community College studying Jewellery Art & Design full time and have never looked back.
Is there a designer or brand with whom you’d love to collaborate
Oh, that's a good one! I actually just started collaborating with my partner, who is a very talented goldsmith. We have been working on a few pieces over that past few months. It is something that was really unplanned and just sort of happened. We challenge each other and see things very differently, so the dream collaboration I never knew I wanted has become a reality!
Looking ahead, what do you hope to accomplish?
I would love to be able to give Noon the time and attention it deserves, by taking the plunge and doing it full time! I would also love to design and create a collection of sculptural objects for the home.