Inspired by a reverence towards the landscapes that will outlast us, Nye De Marchi’s work carefully considers the way in which the objects we choose to adorn ourselves with, will carry a kernel of their owner’s spirit in them. Nye’s self-named jewellery label ‘By Nye’ plays with the idea of jewellery as a public-facing art and a private-facing ritual. Her pieces are sculptural and biomorphic in their forms, taking on a wholly different presence when they interact with the living, breathing body. Recently, we are excited to be stocking By Nye’s heirloom pieces in our showroom, so we had a chat to the beautiful Nye De Marchi about the everyday rituals that help to ground her practice.
Where are you from, and how did you come to be living life as you know it?
I grew up in Melbourne, my family migrated here from Abu Dhabi when I was a baby. I was meant to permanently move to Los Angeles last year but Covid happened, so I completely flipped directions and really settled in for the long haul in Melbourne and opened up a store.
Please tell us about By Nye and how it came to be?
By Nye started about 5 years ago after working under a trade silversmith for 3 years. I’d been playing with jewellery, forming sculptures and experimenting and eventually started By Nye. It was a little bit different to what it is now and I never really wore what I was making and was more about the exploration. A friend asked me why I didn’t create anything I would actually wear and it was a real turning point for me to rethink what the aesthetic of By Nye was and actually feel a part of me is in the pieces I create.
Which element of By Nye do you thrive off most?
Definitely designing pieces and creating imagery. That feeling when you first image an item or a photo concept or composition and you have this image so clearly in your mind and it’s yet to exist, but you can feel that it will be special and that you’ve got a good idea - that's my favourite feeling. It gives you momentum and purpose and it doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it’s special.
When you aren’t working - where can you be found? What do you do in your spare time?
Probably in the kitchen. I cook a lot and I love to feed my friends and family. I am also studying psychology, so that doesn’t leave me with a lot of spare time, but before that took up most of my time I painted and read a lot.
What's your favourite piece and why?
My favourite piece is probably my Lopsided Signet Ring. I designed it for my boyfriend’s 30th and people kept asking about it so it made it into the collection. It has this really beautiful weight to it and I’m a sucker for contrast and this ring really hits the sweet spot for me with the organic rounded form and angled flat face.
What and who inspires you?
My friends and family. We don’t really overlap in practice but so many different parts of them inspire me. Watching them achieve and create things in other fields and share their passion and work ethic makes me think about what I do and pushes me to challenge myself.
How would you describe your own personal style and how has it evolved overtime?
Thats’s a tough one. It’s definitely evolved - at one point I had white hair and only wore white clothes, so I’ve come a long way. I’m a person that gets very emotionally attached to everything I own. I love things that are made well, that I think have a unique or special quality about them and can see the care in the design. When I get dressed I like to be comfortable and maintain an element of fun. I think in most things I do I focus on contrast and my personal style is much the same.
Who, or what are you listening to right now?
Right now I’m listening to one of Danny Hotep’s playlists off Spotify. He’s got a playlist for every mood.
Do you have an evening ritual?
Embarrassingly it would probably be cuddling my dog and trying to convince my partner to watch another episode of something when I know we should go to bed. In an ideal world I’d probably have a face routine, read and make sure I’m not using technology an hour before bed. Maybe I’ve found my New Years resolution.
And lastly, if you could give your younger self advice based on everything you know, what would It be?
It would probably be that hurdles are normal and they are a part of doing anything creative or running your own business, so don’t be deterred. Just keep moving and try to take the time to celebrate the small wins.