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Hello Friends! For this feature we have Lindsay as our Creative Flair; she's a tad different than most of the flairs I've done, so you can say I'm pretty excited to have her on the blog. This lady is a true gem, no really, she works with gems and all things beautiful that accessorize us :) Who doesn't love that? Her work is exquisite, so anyone who hasn't already bumped into her work- she's a must to have in your jewelry box! For all of you gents out there looking for something special for your lady friends, you know the drill...
In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do.
I’m a jewelry designer and metalsmith living and working out of Chicago.
How did you first get into jewelry design? What’s your favorite part about it?
I was so lucky that the high school I went to had an amazing jewelry class..I started taking metalsmithing classes my freshman year of high school all the way through my senior year. During those years I probably learned 60% of what I know about jewelry metalsmithing today. I eventually went on to get my BFA in light metals, sculpture, and design at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. When it comes to working with metal; I love the small scale and the challenges that come with it, the permanence of the material, the mailability and ductility, and just the general feel of working with it. When it comes to designing, I love gathering inspiration and experimenting to get something totally different. I also really like problem solving the best ways to execute a design.
Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How?
I am so inspired by art jewelers. I always go to the “SOFA show”, which showcases fine crafts, and am in awe of the innovation and craftsmanship these artists have. But mostly I admire all my friends and fellow artists/designers who are starting their own businesses doing what they love— many of them young women. It’s a lot of hard work and accomplishing your goals is made easier when you know you're not alone!
What does your design process look like?
I usually have a million ideas in my head but I try to narrow down the ones that are cohesive to the brand, possible to execute in a timely fashion, but still unique and moving forward. I put a lot of thought into the pieces I decide on for a collection because those are the pieces I’ll be making over and over again. After lots of sketches I will make physical samples and then source materials and try to get the design just right.
What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?
My favorite pieces are always the ones that I have just finished and am ready to put out into the world— they are constantly changing. I love the rush of creating something new and getting really excited about it and then being able to share it with others.
Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?
I want my line to continue to grow, be successful, and expand with employees in the future. My goals constantly change as I learn more about the industry so in 10 years it’s hard to say exactly where I want to be— Besides successful and happy!
What motivated you to start your shop? Any advice for those wanting to do the same?
It was a slow process. When I was in school I did a few events each year where I sold my work, but at the time I still wasn’t sure if I was going to end up working for a jeweler or working for myself. Then I got a job working for a jewelry metalsmith and realized it was possible to make and sell my own work. Once I graduated I kept constantly making jewelry, selling it at shows, and it became a full time gig. For advice, I’d say take your time and learn the basics from someone who is already doing what you want to do. And think of mistakes as learning experiences!
If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
If my business could thrive anywhere I would love to live in San Francisco— Perfect weather, small enough to walk to many places, great art community, and scenic nature right outside the city.
Early bird or night owl?
Night owl.. but trying to switch over!