When I decided to revitalise Johnny Rocket jewellery as an online design business and move away from the gallery in Greenwich, I wanted to have a renaissance of the key signature motifs I have always been fond of, the classic swallows, roses, skulls and blossoms dear to my heart & history. In my creative process I always want a key image to stimulate the initial process.
One of my dearest friends is the illustrator Nuno DaCosta, we have a common love of comic art, glamorous fashion and crafts of the hand. He realised my vision into a single drawing and I have released his interpretations of my thoughts into this sculptural collection. The collection is about rebirth, new coming from the old and being revitalised, a reflection of the transition of Johnny Rocket is currently undergoing, hence the title.
Each piece is carved in the metal to produce the miniature pieces before you. There is no CAD, nothing but the skills of the hand directed by the mind and eye. A collaboration of two kindred craftsmen. I always thrive when challenged by the skills of someone I admire, so possibly my best collection to date. To read more about Nuno and his amazing career as one of the world’s great fashion illustrators follow his link.
Chris Mitton’s iconic Hoodie sculpture has inspired a collection of jewellery designed by Johnny Rocket and accessories designed by Elensa to accompany the hit film BrOTHERHOOD, directed by Noel Clarke.
Rocket has transformed the formidable sculpture in to wearable art. Created in solid British Sterling Silver each piece is handcrafted in the tradition of the fine jewellery and sympathetic to Chris’s craft. Both craftsmen utilise the same reductive techniques and tools- with scale and material being the only exception.
A selection of these limited edition jewels will be available to order from the Johnny Rocket Jewellery Shop.
Based on traditional tattoos, Johnny Rocket has managed to use a form inherent to the deviant and create a collection that makes a statement that is both cool yet classic at once. The inclusion of hearts and beads in some of the pieces creates a soft feminine feel, while the scrolls open up the designs to personalising.
This collection appeals to a broad spectrum of tastes, there really is something for everyone.
Hot rods and grease have always been in my life, as a teen in Australia I was lucky to be wild & free enough to be able to take advantage of its great open unlimited roads at speeds prohibited today. My brother, our mates & myself were always making cars go faster and louder.
Pin striping and flames didn’t make a muscle car go faster but sure looked good. This new collection is my pared back homage to the flames of my metallic youth. Simple and clean, for those of you who have ethanol and oil in your hearts.
The original Space collection was only every available as a limited edition, and mainly through Paul Smith in Japan. It was never given the prominence it deserved due to the whirlwind of catwalk projects I was involved with at the time. The time never seemed right to reinvestigate the origins of this collection until recently.
Time has allowed me to kick back and reengage with my childish love of Buck Rodgers/ Forbidden Planet 50’s Sci-Fi and breathe a bit of new life into the original pieces and add some new hardware to Space.
It’s all in keeping with the naivety of that era of science fiction, and I know it will find favour with those of you who have been demanding a rerelease of this popular yet scarce collection.