Color or shape? Object or architecture? People are always asking
what inspires my designs. One of my friends has asked me multiple
times if color or shape inspire me more, and I can only reply
“yes.” Pinning down what inspires me is as elusive as…well, what
Super Stones (Gemstones, that is)
Stones: light, color, imperfections, facets. Honestly a gemstone
often begs to be used in a certain way. The trick is to let
yourself be influenced by the materials, not only strive to do
with them what you had initially planned. We can all agree that
pearls can make a beautiful strand worn around a woman’s neck,
but that’s not all they can become. Some of my favorite pieces
incorporate baroque pearls, which are not at all what most people
envision when they hear the word “pearl.” I love to let a stone
lead me to its truth and create something entirely new in the
At the moment, these incredible Dendritic Opals have captivated
my attention. Dendritic Opals are
thought to have properties of giving hope to life. What will they
be transformed into on the workbench?
Long ago I realized that I like to transform things – from
chrysalis to cocoon to butterfly, so goes my design aesthetic.
Silver isn’t just silver to me. It can be bent and shaped, it can
be oxidized or welded to other metals, it can be shiny or matte.
The same with gold – yes, pure gold can be beautiful and create a
statement, but 22k gold fused to reticulated silver? Now, that’s
metalsmithing magic. Techniques like Keum-Boo and hand
texturing with Dremels or blades, and handmaking my beads. That’s
where the real magic occurs for me. Taking the traditional metals
of my trade and finding a new shape, a new way to set a stone, a
new mix of tone and color. That’s the beauty of being a designer,
the freedom to explore and – every once in a while – come up with
something completely unexpected.
My Super Power
So, when I’m asked what inspires my designs, the truth is
anything and everything. If I have one super power as a jewelry
designer it’s my genuine openness to every experience that comes
my way. My designs have been inspired by the breathtaking Chilean
Fjords, the Northern Lights, the bamboo screen in a hotel room,
the color of the ocean and the ring of atols in the Pacific. The
Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi, or “beauty in
imperfection,” speaks to me and I lean in to the truth of my joy
in asymmetry, rough and smooth balancing each other, the
imperfect setting of the perfect stone, the clean lines of metal
set with mismatched gemstones. It’s not designing an “anniversary
collection” or a “birthstone collection,” it’s designing the
pieces that I see in my mind when I reflect on an experience or
My super power, the truth that guides my design is…there is no
single influence. There is what I see and experience in the
world, and how I choose to incorporate it into my design.
Whatever your profession, keeping your eyes open to the world
around you is a great way to be inspired. You could even call it
your super power.
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