Mia Hebib was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, but started in jewelry at the School for Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb, Croatia. Upon resettling in the United States, she attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she received a BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing. Besides running Oblik Atelier, Mia has been instrumental in re-launching Robert Lee Morris collection as well as launching multiple high- profile fashion brands like AllSaints and Coach wholesale line. Mia also mentors at SCAD, PRATT Institute and 92nd Street Y.

“My work is transforming metal, inherently rigid and hard material, into fluid and elegant wearable jewelry, and sculpture. Each hand-crafted piece, while abstract in nature, draws from observing the shapes around me found in architecture, urban and natural detritus, and human interactions. I am curious about the relationship of what my mind perceives and what my hands can produce. “Oblik Atelier” means “form studio”, echoing my ongoing dialogue revolving around sinuous shapes that conform and compliment the human body.”

Read the answers to Mia’s 5 Alembika Women and check out her website to learn more.

What do you do for work?

I own an art jewelry studio called Oblik Atelier

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

If this question pertains to my work- I just keep showing up at my bench and I continue working without any expectations. Work begets work and I know problems will not be solved at the place where they originate- this means for me to keep working and eventually something will give and show the way.. 

If it relates to solving an issue- I usually have a heart to heart with my husband and I call a few friends and have a deep dive and get some different angles to my problem.

What would you do if you had the whole day for yourself?

It would be pretty simple…get a long night’s sleep first. A long walk with my dog Liz to the park, followed by a yoga class. Then a delicious lunch, visit a museum or hike. I would asp probably do two meditatins which is a luxury and I never do it. I would be looking for quiet introspective time.

What do you love most about being a woman?

I would say our intuition, strong empathy, compassion and ability to hold diametrically opposing feelings/thoughts at the same time, meaning we can feel something and also understand the logical aspect of the other side of that thing.

What is the one piece of clothing you cannot live without?

I have a pretty classy black turtleneck that I wish I bought 10 of and stashed away.

Join us on April 28th at 4PM EST where Mia discuss her process of translating what her mind perceives into stunning, artful pieces of jewelry and sculpture for all to enjoy. RSVP now!

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