Day 37: Pauline Hagan

I have been a super fan of today’s creative’s (@benumade on Instagram) work for several years now as I absolutely love their unique style, texture and quality! But what I didn’t know was how inspiring Pauline’s journey has been – leaving behind a job and life that didn’t quite sit right to embark on a creative business venture of her own; what an inspiration to us all. 

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
I’m Pauline Hagan (@benumade), a British / French jewellery designer living in Prague.

How did you develop your practice?
I started my jewellery business while I was working in a dark and dreary office on the opposite side of London from where I lived. It started out as an antidote to office life, an exciting hobby to work on during evenings and weekends. It soon evolved into something bigger than I’d anticipated, at which point I quit my day job and moved to Prague to launch my business full time. That was five years ago and I haven’t looked back. I’m now happily running my business from a beautiful, bright, shared studio space, with a life that feels far, far away from my years in London.

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
I work in an functionalist building with huge stocky colonnades and a view onto a beautiful park. This environment provides abundant light and endless inspiration – I look out the window to a long line of buildings of all different colours and architectural styles, all stacked alongside eachother. I’m also inspired by artists like Calder, Miro or Matisse and their bold, almost childlike shapes. Although I’d say it’s less about being inspired by what I see, but more about opening my mind to different places, scales, stories and people. I need to be in a very light, positive, hopeful state of mind to be able to create new designs, and travelling (even just to the countryside at the weekend) achieves that. 

I love being my own boss – I never liked feeling tied down to a job. I organise my own time and I don’t feel like I’m always running around, late for work or another meeting. Running my own business can sometimes be stressful, but I give myself the space and time I need. No unrealistic deadlines or unnecessary pressure. This freedom really takes some weight off my shoulders and makes everyday work a real pleasure.

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
I know so many women around me who, whether they run their own creative businesses or not, are incredibly driven and inspiring. The support we give eachother is so valuable – no jealousy, only positivity, cooperation and love. ❤️

Pauline’s journey, work and support for other womxn creatives truly encapsulates what it means to be a creative feminist; I am totally inspired and in awe of this incredible woman so please show Pauline some love by following her page on Instagram – @benumade and by commenting your thoughts below! Thank you SO much for joining us Pauline.

If you would like purchase any of Pauline’s beautiful jewellery that is featured below, or work with her on a please contact her/ shop via her website

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