April 2010

Interview with Kinekt Design on their amazing Gear Ring

You may have noticed that I love unusual and groundbreaking jewelry, and the new Kinetic Ring design from designer Glen Liberman certainly fits the bill.  Kinekt Design's goal for their brand is to bring customers "forward-thinking design objects and products that fuse together a modern aesthetic with tangible interaction". Glen says that he has "always been fascinated and inspired by small mechanisms and their complementary movements". Perhaps it's not surprising then that he has come up with a design that is both creatively intruiging and fun to wear. The Gear Ring is a product that is both “complex enough to play with, yet simple enough to wear.”  They have has been working on developing the Gear Ring for over a year and have numerous patents pending on both the design and utility.

Here, Glen answers some questions about his work.

Interview with Mary Draper

Resin is a technique that I have been dying to try for ages, and looking at the colorful creations from designer Mary Draper Murray, I am itching to start ordering supplies.  Her work features a variety of freeform and geometric shapes combined with sparkling, swirling resin fills.  She also has an interesting sterling silver collection inspired by Dr Seuss! Here, she talks to The Jewelry Report about her work...

How did you first get into jewelry art in general?

Interview with Yol Swan of Sacred Jewelry and Yoga Designs

More than just pretty designs, the jewelry from Sacred Jewelry and Yoga Designs is created with a more holistic purpose.  Each piece incorporates gemstones and emblems to help inspire, heal and encourage us in our everyday lives.  In Part Two of The Jewelry Report interview, artist Yol Swan talks to us more about her jewelry collections.



What do you have planned for future collections?


I just started a collection of necklaces with dangling pieces that I am really enjoying, and I want to see where that takes me. I tend not to think in terms of season, or fashion, but to let creativity take me where I am supposed to go. Once I start a new design, a bunch of other designs come to mind, and that is how my collections tend to unfold.

Interview with Yol Swan of Sacred Jewelry and Yoga Designs

More than just pretty designs, the jewelry from Sacred Jewelry and Yoga Designs is created with a more holistic purpose.  Each piece incorporates gemstones and emblems to help inspire, heal and encourage us in our everyday lives.  Here, artist Yol Swan talks to us more about her jewelry collections.



What are your favorite materials to work with?


Definitely silver, copper, and gemstones. I really enjoy working with Precious Metal Clay and also pounding metal wire. I have been a collage artist for years and metal clay allows me to create silver and copper collages as a form of wearable art, where I can blend symbols and design concepts, and experiment with different textures and patinas (or paints) to add color and contrast. I also love the energy of gemstones, so I like to combine them for both their healing properties and colors.

Timepiece trends

When it comes to watches, less is definitely becoming more.  Personally, I blame the whole fitness craze! As people embrace a more hectic and active lifestyle, style has given way to function, and watches have been pared down to shadows of their former glory, with some designs being little more than a thick rubber band and a tiny digital face.  Practical, yes, but not something you want to keep on your wrist for more formal situations. 

However, gone it seems, are the days of watches being displayed as status symbols, as with a greater array of choice people are choosing to use their watch as a way to express their sense of style rather than salary.  (Those who aren't going bare-wristed as mobile phones become the method used for checking the time.)

Interview with Lexi Erickson

If you are pretty serious about jewelry art, either as a hobbyist or as a professional designer, you may have heard of Lexi Erickson.  Lexi is a wonderfully talented metalsmith, and her work is so well respected that she can often be found gracing the pages of magazines such as the Lapidary Journal.  I am a huge admirer of both her technical ability and her style so I was thrilled when she agreed to be interviewed for The Jewelry Report...

 

How did you first get into jewelry art in general?

Interview with Ellen McClellan

I love the combination of copper and silver, and hammered textures in Ellen McClellan's jewelry. Here, she answers The Jewelry Report's featured artist questionaire...

What are your favorite materials to work with? 

I work primarily with Sterling Silver, fine silver and copper.  But I find that copper really has a beauty to it.  The different colors that Copper becomes from forging it is fascinating.  Semi precious stones accent most of my necklaces and bracelets.


What is your favorite design, and is this your best seller?