London based designer Johanne Mills graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Mixed Media Textiles. Specialising in textiles while working in ceramics, sculpture and photography, Johanne’s entire graduation collection was bought by Donna Karan. Kabiri has worked with Johanne Mills since 2006.
Johanne Mills worked for five years as a creative director and project manager for Donna Karan. Alongside this Johanne Mills consulted on textiles and accessories for a range of other clients including Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Luella, Hugo Boss and Mathew Williamson. In 2003 she began a valuable partnership with designer Giles Deacon, and it was during this collaboration that Johanne first got her taste of designing jewellery. Using quartz and amethyst crystals to embellish clothing, she developed the work into a jewellery collection. Now working on her own jewellery collection she continues with the theme of voluminous and natural forms using an unusual range of materials which are sourced from all over the world. The current products include wood, rope, Swarovski crystal, cork, rock crystal, agate, meteorites and leather. Johanne Mills draws her inspiration from traditional hand crafted techniques such as marquetry and knot work, combined to create a unique collection of pieces.