Mark Borg (b.1987) is a goldsmith and jewellery maker based in Malta. His love for the arts flourished when at the tender age of 13, he attended his first filigree course. Ever since then, Borg has had a penchant for transforming simple ideas from everyday life into intricate, filigree designs. His work combines contemporary motifs with elegant tracery, creating distinctive ornaments and putting new life into the dying art of filigree.
What craft do you focus on?
I tend to craft contemporary jewellery and ornaments with a mixture of filigree techniques and stone settings. I love creating unique pieces and designs.
When and how did you get started?
Started Learning at the tender age of 13 the art of filigree, which when my parents and I applied for the course, we had no idea what it was! Turned out this old and slowly dying art was a perfect canvas for creation.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
Intricate, precious and shiny!
Where do you sell?
I mostly sell on facebook and by word of mouth.
Do you have a favourite from among your own works? If so, why?
My most favourite was an SE5 Bi-Plane.. I crafted it from original plans and is accurate. It was the most challenging project I embarked on and it shows my love for metalsmithing and aviation.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on a quite large piece, which I cannot unveil yet.. stay tuned!
What inspires you?
Sources of inspiration come from the least expected places/things.. Mostly, my ideas do come when I do my daily run. The drive to create pieces which are unique burns deep.
If you weren’t an artisan, what would you be?
Definitely a blacksmith!
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
My family.. the pinnacle of my life.
Favourite colour and what it means to you?
Blue skies! what else?!
And finally, what is your favourite indulgence?