Morgan, a London-based artist, innovator and mother. Polly stars in
our Spring/Summer 2017 campaign styled in the new Nura diamond
collection. Discover her jewellery philosophy, her tips for styling
diamonds and her life as a working mum.
What's your go to jewellery piece; a necklace, rings or
I like a pair
of simple earrings, not necessarily matching. I wear my hair up a
lot and earrings draw attention to the neck in an elegant way. I
don't tend to wear much make up so find a little bit of gold in my
ears injects just enough glamour into a daytime look.
How do you use jewellery to change an
I am a
minimalist and wear quite a limited palette. I find jewellery the
perfect accompaniment to this style of dressing as it provides a
blank canvas against a great necklace or bracelet. I like the
incongruity of a big chunky chain or something bling with very
What's your jewellery philosophy?
Use it to
reflect your mood that day. I sometimes want to go unnoticed and
wear nothing. Other days I pile it all on and look like a
We imagine your studio wardrobe to be things you can get
dirty, given your process to create your artwork. Do you wear
jewellery while you work? If so, how? If not, where do you keep
I have always
had problems tailoring my outfit to the occasion. As a child I
would want to wear my new clothes to bed and have always worn
favourite items on repeat until they fall apart. I tend to put a
pair of overalls over whatever I'm wearing as I have ruined too
many cashmere jumpers in the studio by splashing them with
chemicals. I never remove my earrings, rings or bracelets if I'm
working, but I do often find myself using a pin to pick off
Jesmonite from between stones in a ring at the end of the
Captured for the Monica Vinader SS17 campaign, artist Polly
Polly Morgan styles a stack of Signature bangles in plain and
We had you wearing diamond pieces but styled in a very
every day kind of way - how would you normally wear your
When I wear
diamonds, I prefer them to be small and discreet. Just as the
suggestion of flesh is far more erotic than full nudity, I find a
little glint and sparkle more attractive than a big flashy
Being an artist can be a very solitary profession yet we
got you to be with several other women in this campaign for a day
shoot - what your experience in Norfolk like working on the
I loved it. My
instinct is so often to turn things that don't relate directly to
my work down but, having recently had a baby, I was very keen for
some adult company and a change of scenery so I happily accepted.
The other women chosen for the campaign were intelligent and
amusing and meeting Monica was inspiring as I learned she
established her business just after having her first child. It was
a timely illustration of quite what can be achieved as a new
What would you engraved on your next MV
initials of my next child.
What can transform a day for you, from one fraught with
work/life dramas into a special moment?
It is a cliché
but when my son smiles at me, which he does at the most unexpected
moments, it is utterly disarming and puts everything into
perspective. It is very helpful and humbling to get the chance to
see the world through the eyes of someone who is still awed and
amused by it all, I feel less jaded as a result.
Polly Morgan styled in the new Nura collection, launching March
The new Nura pendant as worn by Polly in the SS17 campaign.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given about
Just make the
work. There's no use talking about what you want to do; unless you
have something to show for yourself, why would anyone be
Other than jewellery (of course) what do you collect?
As little as
possible. I have too many things and am always trying to declutter.
I have a rule that - artwork aside - if it doesn't have a function,
I don't need it. So, no ornaments. I am particularly fond of
beautiful glassware though and have a small collection of coloured
hand blown glasses. They technically perform a function but I am
loathe to let anyone drink from them as they are so
As a new mum, have you had to change the way you work at
Not as much as
I had expected. I have a studio from home at the moment so I can
rush downstairs to work when he sleeps. I have just found that I am
very efficient with the time I get to work, which has been a very
positive outcome. I am only now realising how much time I wasted