|Working at her desk|
|Look familiar? ;)|
How did you get your start as a jewelry designer?
When I began my studies at SCAD, my focus was Graphic Design. During my sophomore year, I was at a friend’s house who was majoring in Metals & Jewelry. I will have to say, I owe it to her because if I hadn’t seen all the cool things she was making, I wouldn’t have been inspired to use one of my electives for an Intro to Jewelry class. Two weeks into the course, I switched my major. From then on, I knew I would be a jewelry designer.
What is your favorite medium to work with?
Pretty much any kind of metal, but recently I have really enjoyed working with brass. It makes a great price point for my work & I love the contrast I can create with patina.
In addition to working as a jewelry designer, you also work at Service Brewing Co. Can you tell us a little more about what you do there?
I am the creative marketing director. I handle all the creative direction for the company’s identity. I work with our graphic designer, writer & illustrator for our labels, merchandise, & other media outlets. I also designed the tasting room & curated the Tap Handle Project, a collection of 22 tap handles all created by artists.
|Piecing together a cuff|
|Filing the edges of a completed cuff|
What is your favorite part about what you do in both of your professional roles?
Being creative, working with other artists/designers & passing on a product that makes people happy. I mean, jewelry and beer… it doesn’t get any better than that.
What do you see as the biggest challenge of being a working artist & what are some ways you try to overcome it?
Finding the time to do everything. I think every artist’s biggest challenge is time. I am constantly making lists, establishing daily deadlines, & have learned to bring in help during the holidays. I have had many sleepless nights just to make sure I meet those deadlines.
What are your main sources of inspiration, particularly when starting a new jewelry piece?
Lately, it’s been the material. I think that is where it all starts. Whether it’s the metal or a found object, the idea takes shape as I create the piece.
|From behind the artist's desk|