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Design drafting artisan

There is one particular atelier where artisans work without the slightest noise of machines or tools and where all that can be heard is the sound of a pencil gliding across paper. This is the realm where the fertile imagination of Mo – Design Drafting Artisan in our Haute Joaillerie department – has been roaming free since 2011. In this office with its sloping desks overlooking the Swiss Jura and the wine-growing plains of Canton Geneva, she serenely traces a two-dimensional vision of the creations that our Artisan Jewelers will create in precious stones and metals. 

Mo requires twin talents: first, the ability to draw; but above all, the capacity to dream. To let her imagination wander in every moment of her daily life. A stroll in a park, an exhibition, a nap in the garden, a pairing of rare diamonds laid out on her desk: Mo stores every detail in her mind. They will be her source of inspiration in giving life to the most beautiful Haute Joaillerie creations. Drawing is her language, her only means of expression. With accurate, deft touches, she unleashes ideas previously confined to the depths of her thoughts. 

Everything begins with sketches, details, and drafts that she reinterprets until she feels she has taken her thinking to its ultimate conclusion. Then on a sheet of paper, she begins the final drawing, the one that will be the first real image of the jewelry to come. Pencils, felt-tip pens, paints: lines emerge, colors bloom, paper comes to life. In the Haute Joaillerie atelier from which only one-of-a-kind creations emerge, the drawing will be the only concrete representation of a jewel before it is completed in three dimensions. It will therefore serve as a basis for all the model-makers, who will keep the precious sketch permanently on their workbench. Prior to that, it will have been approved by Caroline Scheufele, her workshop manager or the clients to whom it has been proposed. Thanks to Mo’s talent, everyone will have begun to imagine the emotions aroused when the object of this desire is brought to fruition.

"Drawing is my language, my way of expressing myself. The emotion I feel when my hand has finally succeeded in accurately translating the idea that I have in mind is indescribable."

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[MUSIC PLAYING] MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: My name is Su Mo and I'm a High Jewellery designer at Chopard.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: Design enables me to express myself.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: I always yearned to go to a Fine Art school or something similar.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: So I bought lots of books.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: At home, I used to draw in secret and at night.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: One day, my mother saw all my drawings and exclaimed, "Wow".

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: Afterwards, she bought me some supplies, pens, paper, etc.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: I like lots of things, so it's true that my creations also have lots of different worlds in them.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: Especially colours, I love colours, I think that life is all about colour.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: Like in life, each one has its own story.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: I love that at Chopard, our creativity knows no bounds.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: When I design something, I can do lots of research.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: I've always said I couldn't stand being confined in a small box.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: When the piece is finished, that's when we can go back over our work.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: It's like pruning a tree, so it can be reshaped.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: If we're confined to a small box when designing something, our creativity is stunted.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: And afterwards, it's much harder to create exceptional pieces.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: Traditional Chinese culture has always greatly influenced my artistic inspiration.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: I don't want to create anything that's traditionally Chinese or European.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: I would love these two cultures to converge and coexist harmoniously.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: We love saying that in China, "harmonious", "yin-yang", the perfect balance.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: The simplest word is "comfortable"... "舒服".

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: It encompasses it all, life, everything, your work, your relationships.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: When you feel comfortable, it means everything's ok.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: In my designs, I like to mix Western and Asian cultures.

MO DESIGN DRAFTING ARTISAN: I add many memories of my homeland and the love I feel for my current life.

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Mo, design drafting artisan

« I am the Design Drafting Artisan in Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie Design Department. My mission is to sketch the lines of the pieces of jewelry that will be crafted in the workshops. »


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