Could you introduce yourself in a few lines?
I am from New Caledonia, a French island located in the Pacific Ocean. The leitmotiv of my work is my Pacific origins, I am also fascinated by futuristic scenarios. I feel the urge to give back to my island and spread the indigenous stories through minimal and futuristic designs. I intend to create more than simple jewelry pieces, but rather ‘artifacts’ holding ancestral and mystical power.
I completed my studies at the Design Academy of Eindhoven in the department «Man and Identity». It is after a few projects working with metals, that I decided to start my own jewelry line next to my studies. In 2019 I interned for Chrishabana in New York, where I realize projects for celebrities such as Christina Aguilera. Later I shortly interned for Parts of 4 in Bali, Indonesia. You can see my collection Alliage-Cu29Zn30 in the Design Museum of Denbosch, Netherlands.
Can you give us some information about your background, education, training formation. How did you come to what you do today?
I am Loan Favan, a jewelry designer, art director, and the founder of Naula_studio, currently based in Bali, Indonesia. I was born and raised in New Caledonia. I am mixed blood with various ethnicities; half Vietnamese, French, Irish, Indian... I have followed my school years until high school in New Caledonia. I tried to take as many art classes as I could, choosing a literature curriculum to be able to practice art 8 hours per week.
Pursuing my dream of becoming an artist/designer on an international level I went to Auckland, New Zealand where I completed a Cambridge certification to study abroad with a sufficient English level. I followed a MANAA at Ecole Boulle in Paris, where I discovered the different design fields. And I started understanding that my dream of working in fashion from the early age of 5 was possible.
I discovered the Design Academy Eindhoven and fell in love with the conceptual and free-minded educational system. I followed a bachelor program in the department ‘Man and Identity’ and discovered many sides of my artistic personality; my fast pace of work, my love for aesthetical pieces and their craft, and my will to tell authentic stories.
The academy also provided a rich creative surrounding for me. I met various other creatives who lead me into the person I am today. Even tho I was not in a jewelry school, the DAE gives me the freedom to express my full character and potential with access to many workshops and a large range of assignments.