Thursday, 20 July 2017

Alchemy Gothic - Geoff Kayson Interview

Alchemy Gothic is world-renowned and is the undisputed leader in Gothic lifestyle accessories. Geoff Kayson is the Managing Director and top designer of Alchemy Gothic.


Sinical Magazine: In the beginning, what artists, music or designers inspired your work?

Geoff Kayson: I have always been an avid consumer of rock, listening to David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Velvet Underground, Free and Fleetwood Mac, etc, and hearing my new music on Radio Caroline while working on designs in my bedroom at night. When I later started to make attempts at a commercial break, with “Poker” rock ‘anti-jewellery’, I was deeply immersed in the likes of Sex Pistols, The Jam, Eddie and the Hotrods, AC/DC, Motorhead and Frankie Miller and the like. It was this scene - and the fact that I was absolutely flat broke - that inspired my first efforts at rock and punk lifestyle accessories, of a sort that I’d want to wear myself, and did! Just a little later I was consumed by the dark and driving dirges of The Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, The Cult etc, which began shrouding and twisting the nature of our creative energies.

Sinical Magazine: When did you first start designing your own jewellry?

Geoff Kayson: ‘Jewellery’, (UK English!), might actually be somewhat of a misnomer, as my sentiment at the time, in 1976 and ‘77, was to demonstrably react against the ostentatious affluence of disco ‘medallion-man’ and the trendy ‘it-people’, and flaunt disrespect towards the stuffed shirts of the comfortable middle and upper classes. I was variously on the dole, or working nights loading lorries and living hand to mouth in a small city centre, one-room ‘bedsit’ flat. In the hot summer of ‘76, working in my cramped space with the most rudimentary of home-made equipment, this was the crucible of my creative outlet.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: When was Alchemy first established?

Geoff Kayson: After being joined by my fellow enthusiast and artisan, Trev Phillipson in 1977, we rented a small run down property in an approach street of Victorian shops, and formally launched the business, known at this time as Reider Design. The punk badges and rock merchandise we were then making for bands, along with the ‘Alchemy Metal-Wear’ metal and goth jewellery, were creating such a healthy demand that we re-named the company Alchemy Carta. From then on, the goth and metal jewellery development was the principle focus of our output.

Sinical Magazine: When was Alchemy first established?

Geoff Kayson: After being joined by my fellow enthusiast and artisan, Trev Phillipson in 1977, we rented a small run down property in an approach street of Victorian shops, and formally launched the business, known at this time as Reider Design. The punk badges and rock merchandise we were then making for bands, along with the ‘Alchemy Metal-Wear’ metal and goth jewellery, were creating such a healthy demand that we re-named the company Alchemy Carta. From then on, the goth and metal jewellery development was the principle focus of our output.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: What do you think is the main reason the Alchemy brand has lasted since 1977?

Geoff Kayson: The company has grown as a like-minded family around the original founders, who are still designers and creative directors. These staff, now of every generation and therefore always contemporarily minded, are passionate about the alternative lifestyle and enjoy their work together. Alchemy is and always has been a design-lead company rather than the usual accounts-lead business, and will always put its pride, passion and energy into its creativity. This genuine objective, rather than the primary pursuit of lucre, should always ensure its continued success.

Sinical Magazine: What is one of the most popular pieces?

Geoff Kayson: Although preceding the movement and the popular terminology by well over a decade, Dr von Rosenstien’s Induction Principle Ring and its complementary pendant, the Anguistralobe, have consistently been firm ‘steampunk’ favourites and general best sellers since their inception in 1996.

 


Sinical Magazine: Do you have a favorite Alchemy piece?

Geoff Kayson: As a romantically formative person, my favourite piece is always going to be the next one I imagine, design and make. This, of course, is never quite achieved and perfection always lies just over that horizon, requiring at least one more attempt. Of the pieces that we have made over the years, I do still really love the concept of ‘The Alchemist’, the original, allegorically bitter/sweet skull with a rose, and then more recently the simplicity and tragedy of the poignant ‘I Dieth’ skull.

Sinical Magazine: Where do you see Alchemy in the future?

Geoff Kayson: The essence of Alchemy and it’s staff is in their love of the alternative lifestyles and their passion for art, design, creativity and traditional skills. Developments and trends can never be reliably predicted too far ahead, but I have no doubt that Alchemy will be modestly at the forefront of these scenes, helping to decorate, shape and influence the perspective and being responsible for some of the best and most sought-after creations around, be they jewellery, fashion, decor or art. 

 

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