LA based MYYRH jewelry designer, Mor Elian talks geometry, geography and the importance of the nomadic sprit within her design. Described as being “influenced by the landscapes & moods of the nearby Mojave Desert, it represents the spirit of the urban gypsy girl who love fashion and travel.”
Perusing the latest collection online, one easily recognizes the connection between all these facets.
The pieces are old and new, other worldly and earthly.
GL: When did the idea of starting Myrrh Jewelry evolve? Were you always interested in designing jewelry?
ME: I grow up in a house that revolved around design- my dad and two sisters are all in design, so I grew up knowing I would probably end up in that, it seemed like second nature. But as one of my sisters took up interior design and the other took fashion design I couldn’t quite find my place in it. I always been into accessories and never found jewelry that I liked and could afford so I started making my own, and quickly recognized potential in it. Building “MYRRH” was so flowing, so relatively effortless that it just felt right. I found myself committed to it and passionate about it more then any occupation I have done before.
GL: There’s a very strong sense of atmosphere in your work. As in all matter of earthly shapes and forms. Is this a conscious outcome?
ME: I am really connected to sacred geometry and the expression of geometric shapes in nature- beyond it being the aesthetic that I am most drawn too, I find the connection of geometric pattern in nature fascinating – like fractals and like cymatics (the appearance of perfect geometric patterns in water when you lay sound frequencies under it) – that is really what appears to me is the living proof that we are all connected.
GL: What different forms of art inspire your work? Literature, film, art, fashion.
ME: Well, music probably moves me more than anything, I have always been obsessed with it, and have been from a really young age. It inspires everything that I do. So a few years ago I started DJ’ing. It was conflicting if music or design was my path, but I realized they can live harmoniously together and feed off each other.
GL: Would you consider branching out into various forms of design with Myrrh? I think your designs would look fabulous incorporated into clothing or furniture as well!
ME: Right now between DJ’ing and my jewelry I am quite content, but I love blurring the lines between everything- it is kind of what I am about- we don’t need to commit to one source of expression- we can cross over to all kinds of different areas in whatever inspires us in the moment- I feel like society is moving in that direction. I would always like to be free and limitless and try out new things and areas of design.
GL: Your label is gaining a steady cult following, with celebrities such as Isabel Lucas amongst them. Are you finding a certain kind of person is attracted to your work in particular?
ME: I see all kinds of people from different walks of life buying MYRRH jewelry, but MYRRH always represented to me the urban woman that is very city oriented but is very connected to the nomadic life style and to the Californian west coast culture.
I think I drew that inspiration from the lifestyle of my girlfriends and the women around me- super strong, creative and independent woman that will throw a couple of things in the back of their car and drive out to the desert on a whim. We live for that.
GL: And lastly, what are your 3 favorite films and why?
ME: A ha! The big question. I always find this question to be tricky. There are so many movies I like but when I get asked this question I get nervous! Ha.
I will definitely have to say the 3 movies that stuck with me through the years are “Breathless” by Godard for all the little nuances that say so much more that is actually said.
The hilarious and witty Jim Jarmusch’s “A night on Earth”
And of course Vincent Gallo’s brilliant “Buffalo ‘66” for the forever “Spanning time” J
Keep an eye out for MYRRH’s beautiful pieces at selected boutiques and online HERE.