Ludit wearable sculpture jewelryin
“Ludit” is the passion for sculpture and jewelry combined in one.
It is Natasha Kaika, the designer and creator of “Ludit” that this brand expresses.
Ludit is her playground, her fun, where her inspirations come to life. As a former art director and having travelled vastly, she has gained valuable experiences that she successfully manages to transmute into wonderful pieces of wearable jewelry. As a social anthropologist she believes that jewelry and the way it is manufactured, testify to one’s culture and taste. She believes in applied arts, that is why she gives her jewelry, made of clay, the ability to be worn. For Natasha and “Ludit” the keyword is ‘wearable’.
Nature and sunlight are her unlimited sources of inspiration. Primarily, nature’s elements, air, water, earth (soil), fire and secondly, the shapes, forms, colors, textures that arise from the elements and sunlight. Seashells, sea ripples, rays of light, wind, sunsets are free gifts for everyone!
Handmade, that is, made using the hands instead machines, is a state of mind
for Natasha rather than a procedure. She believes in painstaking search of new shapes, forms and textures that only nature can provide and sculpture embodies. Her hands express her mind and the way the latter conceives whatever surrounds her. She is what we call a handywoman. She lives outside the city, in nature, with lots of cats and her dog Marsi, -actually her tireless companion-. She believes that the environment you live in, shapes you, shapes the way you think and act. Big cities do not give the opportunity to get in touch with the gifts of nature. That’s the reason she abandoned them.
She believes in tools rather than machines. Although the name of the brand “Ludit” was inspired from Luddites, a secret oath-based organization of English textile workers in the 19th century who actually raged against the machines of the industrial revolution, Natasha does not exclude machines from any manufacturing process, as long as they do not deteriorate creativity, limit imagination and harm the environment. She excludes though mass production and she believes in slow, unique design. This is the reason that she on purpose creates flaws on her pieces, flaws that make the pieces unique, not identical with lots of dissimilarities when compared. Not even a 3d printer can copy them!
Sculpture and jewelry were her passion for many years. Sculpture is the medium that enables Natasha to express her vision of jewelry. Natasha has spent a lot of years experimenting with clay. How she will make her pieces light yet durable, avoid any toxic materials, had been issues which were to be solved. Learning from nature, she has created her own clay formula, with cement and paper pulp and she uses paints and pigments that are meant to be used by children. Because Natasha is a grown creative child herself!