Ania Geerts: Q&A Thursday

Ania Geerts Zahara Jewellery

Ania Geerts is the creative force behind Zahara Jewellery. For her complete story, click here.

She answered our many questions.

OCS: Who are your style icons?

AG: I have yet to see Gwen Stefani wear something she can’t pull off.

OCS: What’s on your bedside table?

AG: My favourite antique silver necklace from India, empty wine glass, a hand-carved wood jewelry box.

OCS: Best home accessory?

AG: I have a collection of three antique rice-harvesting machetes from Indonesia mounted on my wall. Love.

OCS: Best recent fashion find?

AG: I’m torn between the perfect vintage brown corduroy jacket, and the ultimate pair of nude boot-sandals.

OCS: Whom would you invite for dinner if you could choose anyone in the world?

AG: Eva Peron and Che Guevara

OCS: You can see the debut of any piece of music in history. What would it be?

AG: I have a strong childhood affiliation with Richie Valens, La Bamba. I’d say, above everything else, this is the one I really wish I could have been there for live.

OCS: What’s your earliest memory?

AG: Racing my pet turtle at my village’s annual turtle race.

OCS: Your biggest fashion faux-pas, when, where and how?

AG: The baggy jean overalls with one strap hanging down and painted peace signs on the legs in grade seven definitely stands out.

OCS: Proudest moments?

AG: The very first piece of jewelry I sold, on a small market table, six years ago.

OCS: Favorite piece of furniture?

AG: My hammock

OCS: Qualities you most admire in a person?

AG: Sincerity, humility, and confidence. Especially when you find them all in one.

OCS: For whom would you most like to design jewelry?

AG: I wish I had the means to design and create jewelry for all the mothers, in all the favelas (Brazilian shanty-towns) in the world. I wish I could create them each the piece of jewelry of their dreams, and make them feel as wonderful, strong, beautiful, special and remarkable as any good mother deserves to feel.

OCS: Describe a perfect day off (it can be anywhere in the world).

AG:  Sailboat off the coast of Belize. Snorkel in the morning; dive in the afternoon; fishing in the evening. Fresh barbecue snapper on the beach for dinner; wine at sunset. I had this day once … and I’ve been trying to re-create it ever since.

OCS: Favourite visual artist, living or dead?

AG: I am currently enamoured with the work of Edward Burtynsky.

OCS: Favourite local artist?

AG: I have great respect and admiration for Alexandra Jay and Michaela Wolfert. I dream of what their hands can do that mine can’t.

OCS: Best book you read in the past year?

AG: I recently re-read (Michel) Foucault’s, The Order of Things. It’s as much a mouthful as it is a mind full.

OCS: Favourite food?

AG: Mexican.

OCS: Most-oft-played song on your iPod or MP3 player?

AG: Anything Bossa Nova…

OCS: Wine, beer or both?

AG: Seems a good Pinot Noir is the theme of the year.

OCS: Mac or PC?

AG:  PC. I am not nearly daring enough with technology to even contemplate a Mac.

OCS: Fine dining or plain old diners?

AG: I’m equally as happy with foie gras as I am with a baguette and cheese in the park.

OCS: Best restaurant in Ottawa?

AG: Tacos de Mauro. Definitely not the definition of fine dining, but by far the finest Mexican tacos in the city.

OCS: Person, place or thing that makes you proudest/happiest that you live in Ottawa?

AG: The fact that we have a Louise Bourgeois statue in the centre of our city is truly extraordinary. She encompasses everything remarkable, on so many levels.

OCS: Fave blog or website?

AG: www.shopgreyarea.com, www.ted.com

OCS: Twitter, Facebook or both?

AG: Facebook.

OCS: What’s your guilty pleasure?

AG: Chocolate-covered mangoes for breakfast

OCS: Favourite place to spend time?

AG: In the sun — anywhere in the sun.

OCS: How would you like the world to remember you? What would your eulogist ideally say?

AG:  I consumed my time daydreaming, and spent my life making (dreams) a reality.

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