This was a collection I created for my final degree showcase at LCF. With the help from Draw in Light I was able to create a fashion line start to finish and create an editorial book based on the process. The illustrations were all done by myself as well as most photography, layout, AND publication of book. This was an amazing experience and truly showed me the value and quality that goes into making something amazing.
High karat gold, vibrant precious gems and multi-layered metalwork characterize the distinctive look of Daniel Gibbings.
Truly unique pieces are realized through a time intensive process beginning with an original vision, sketching, stone sourcing, model making and then the final fabrication in precious metal. Such radiant jewels come to fruition because of the collaboration between Daniel Gibbings, the creative talent, and Setenay Ozdemir-Osman, the business partner.
Daniel Gibbings spent his childhood in South Africa where a rich craft tradition sparked his interest in design. Further travels in Europe and the Mid East, with visits to museums housing many of the world’s great art collections deepened his appreciation for metalworking dating back to the antiquities. He pursued an education at Jaffa School of Art in Israel and Sir John Cass Faculty of Art in London to master many of these techniques. Over two decades ago, Daniel set up his studio in Santa Barbara, California, where he continues to explore old and new ways of elevating the finest precious materials to their greatest potential.
Setenay Ozdemir-Osman found her way to Santa Barbara via London, Italy and Istanbul. She graduated with a degree in business from Oxford University and began her career in finance and technology. Desiring more than the corporate world had to offer, she made her exit and set out on her own. Soon after, she met Daniel Gibbings. Recognizing an essence in his creations evocative of her own background, an immediate bond formed over their mutual appreciation for old world artistry.
Fortuitous timing allowed the two to quickly establish a partnership that enabled Daniel to focus his full attention on the creative side, while Setenay put her business acumen to work. They frequently travel the world, returning to their respective homes in South Africa and Istanbul, all the while gathering inspiration and materials to enrich their ever evolving fine jewelry collection.
Decades after the commencement of Daniel Gibbings Design Inc., Daniel’s work continues to garner the attention of industry professionals, celebrities and a loyal following of sophisticated and stylish women around the world.