My name is Mia, and I am the creator of Oblik Atelier. I chose to name my studio Oblik, rather than Mia Hebib jewelry, because this expression is not about me. Rather, it’s about a process and a desire to create the most unique, sculptural, alluring, elegant and most powerful object in jewelry form. Oblik means “shape” in Croatian and forming shapes has been the underlying theme in every single piece I have created over the last decade or so.
There are many jewelry techniques. Most commonly known is the process of casting, where mold is created, and exact pieces can be replicated. I use a process of forming and forging with the most important tool, my hands, alongside hammers, pliers and mandrels. Each piece is formed and shaped by hand using fundamental jewelry techniques, like sawing, bending, forming, soldering and polishing. This process means that each piece, though similarly reproduced, retains its own uniqueness, as metal has a will of its own and I am an imperfect machine.
In my perfect world, every woman that recognizes a creator of any kind inside herself would own a Oblik Atelier piece.
I was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, but I started in jewelry at the School for Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb, Croatia. Upon resettling in the United States, I attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where I received a BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing. Besides running Oblik Atelier, I have been instrumental in re-launching Robert Lee Morris collection as well as launching multiple high- profile fashion brands like AllSaints and Coach wholesale line. I also mentored at PRATT Institute, 92nd Street Y and SCAD.