Can you elaborate on your particular design process? What is your workspace like? What materials do you prefer?
I usually don’t ever sketch or draw before I make, I just make-make-make and go with the flow. I’ll make 3D models and see what works and then make the finished product. Sometimes even happy mistakes lead to new discoveries! I try to keep my studio space organized like my drawers are such but the top of my table is usually scattered with tools, materials, work in progress, and lots of little worn up pieces of sanding/polishing paper. I prefer sticking mostly with reclaimed/vintage hardware components and metal and then adding on a little extra something else if needed.
How does your environment inform your creative process?
All the architecture, public art/graffiti, and simple industrial details like subway tracks or interesting building doors and windows inspire me.
Favorite spot to get inspired?
Nowhere in particular, mostly just the downtown city streets of New York. Sometimes getting away from all the chaos helps too, like escaping to the countryside. But when I’m in the city, I really love to just ride the B/D/N/Q train lines between Manhattan to Brooklyn over the Manhattan Bridge just to quietly sit and view the outside Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan cityscape, current outside weather and occasionally watch the opposing incoming train quickly pass by while giving off flickers of light or shadows from oncoming passengers. It’s nice to be above ground when on the train!
Who or what do you draw inspiration from?
Pretty much just everyday things like hardware, doors, streets, buildings, architecture, store displays etc. Little details and connections here and there as well as certain color combinations, shapes, patterns. I like taking simple materials and components and manipulating them just a little.
What are some of your struggles/obstacles so far?
Trying to balance one of a kind pieces and small-scale production pieces but focusing more on creating jewelry that people will buy and be able to wear on a regular basis while keeping its unique edge and competitive price point. Everything is handmade from start to finish, including the metal castings that need to be cut/soldered/polished/plated, so there are definitely a lot of steps involved in the process of making.
If you could go back in time and give yourself the ultimate advice about starting your brand and business, what would that be?
Be consistent and stick with a general theme. Make sellable work that’s still unique and different and hits the right similar price points. Reduce and simplify! Just keep organized and energized and passionate and eager, making connections and taking good photos are crucial.
What does being Young & Able mean to you?
Being “young and able” means believing and being able to do what you’re passionate about and not having to worry about certain things that lie ahead in the future for the time being. Just trying my best and focusing on my dreams and goals, especially as a local emerging artist, maker, and designer. Not necessarily following the norm but figuring things out my own way – stumbling here and there, learning from mistakes, problem solving, staying focused, and most importantly just being constantly excited and inspired.