Photographer Grace @gracev.butler moved to Berlin from the UK in December to pursue her passions in an unfamiliar city full of possibilities.
Solmu Ring - Sapphire, Silver Derre Ear Cuffs
Who are you and what do you do?
I graduated from university last summer with a degree in Fashion Photography. I’ve spent the last year freelancing as a Photographer and interning at AA-Collected doing a lot of content creation which has been great! I’m in no rush to settle into a strict career, I get the feeling I won’t ever be. I like to be fluid and am always thinking of my next move, so for the time being I’m going to experiment and hopefully experience a whole bunch of stuff.
"I’m in no rush to settle into a strict career, I get the feeling I won’t ever be"
Where are you from, what’s it like?
I’m from Bristol in England and I love it! Maybe I’m a typical patriotic brit, but for me there is no place like home. I feel a strong sense of community in Bristol, the music scene is great, it’s a very artistic city, very passionate, liberal and free spirited.
Bahar Double Ring, Vespe Ring - Rutile Quarz, Lupe Ring - Spinal
Tell us about your work, passions and pass times.
My passion for Photography started when I was around 12. I was obsessed with Americas Next Top Model. After an episode I’d make my unwilling sister dress up really weird and backcomb her hair… backcombing the hair was always a must! We’d go out in the garden and take photos on my mums iPhone 3.
Now, the conceptual side to my photography is the part I’m most passionate about. An image is so much more when it has a backstory, a meaning. That feeling when something clicks and all these ideas fill my head is the best part of the process and definitely the most creative.
"That feeling when something clicks and all these ideas fill my head is the best part of the process and definitely the most creative"
In my spare time I like to take spontaneous trips, go wild swimming, have fun with friends, anything to do with food is a passion as well as a pass time. I like to keep myself busy, I’m rubbish at doing nothing all day, it stresses me out.
Textured Linea Ring - Oxidised Silver, Linea Ring - Spinal, Terre Ring - Tourmaline, Cerca Hoops - Gold Vermeil
Describe your personal style.
Now it’s mostly anything comfy. I’ve started to care a lot less about what I look like on a daily basis. But if I had to define my style, I’d say in summer it’s more beachy and colourful and in winter more grunge, 00’s style but with a kinda girly chic twist, idk. I rarely wear heels or anything like that when I’m dressing up, I’d rather look cool than sexy. I think people are more sexy when they’re effortlessly cool anyway.
"I think people are more sexy when they’re effortlessly cool anyway"
How does your style reflect your art/work?
My photography leans more towards a fine art style rather than commercial. It’s romantic and elegant but with a bit of an edge, a slightly darker side, which I suppose is the same as my personal style. My work does of course shift depending on what’s inspiring me and how I’m feeling, same as my personal style, I’m not too consistent with it.
Gold Claavi Ring w. Tourmaline
What sort of jewellery do you wear/ or are you drawn to?
I like gold, it’s more glamorous for sure, but I’m always drawn to silver. It’s fresh, bright and goes with everything.
"My photography leans more towards a fine art style rather than commercial, it’s romantic and elegant but with a bit of an edge, a slightly darker side"
Tell us the story behind you your jewellery.
I wear a ring on my thumb which I never take off, the longer I’ve had it the more it means to me. I think it belonged to my mum’s dad who I never met. The story of it becoming mine however isn’t very touching, I just took it from her jewellery box years ago and she was cool with it. All the jewellery I wear has been gifted to me, it’s all special, except my hoops which I always lose so only ever buy the cheapest ones.
How does jewellery work in your day-to-day look?
I wear the same jewellery dressing up as I do on a daily basis. Unless I’m switching to gold for the night.
Four Piece Zinkir Ring, Two Piece Zinkir Ring
Which piece/s from Mies Nobis do you own?
The Bahar Double Ring in silver.
How do you wear it?
I wear it every day, it goes with everything!