What made you want to start Walker Jewelry?
I first fell in love with metal working when I worked as a coppersmith for the Urban Electric Company in my hometown of Charleston, SC. I then went on to study Jewelry design for 3 years at the Institute for Fine Metals in Copenhagen, Denmark. During this time I experimented with many different techniques and materials and most importantly, I learned how to stay committed to a design process. Later on I studied sustainable design and this helped me to solidify what I wanted to do creatively and professionally. Being creative through design and craft is my passion and I have always wanted to own my own business. Working for myself is a very rewarding experience and a great challenge.
What are your current design influences?
I'm constantly looking at the work of Spanish artist Joan Miro for inspiration on my current collection. His use of space is a good direction for creating balance in my pieces, in which circular elements are used to make modern bolo ties that are inspired by English Teddy Boy Fashion. In working on this collection, I ask myself, "Would this look good with a leather jacket?" and "Can this be worn in the summer with a black silk camisole and in winter with white cashmere sweater?" I want my designs to be seasonless and to compliment a variety of looks.
Name four key words that describe your aesthetic.
classic, sustainable, silver, versatile
Is there one design that you're particularly proud of? That said THIS is what Walker Jewelry is all about?
The Rachel necklace is a very popular item from the “Bridge Collection.” The Rachel Necklace is made from hollow silver tubing that is mitered at a 45 degree angle and then seamlessly soldered and finished to a high polish. I used to miter and solder angles for days when I made lighting, working tediously to make sure that the angles were squared up just right. I incorporate many of my previous metal working techniques to make jewelry and as far as materials go, I mostly use sterling and fine silver in my designs, because it is a noble metal with a reasonable price point.
The Rachel Necklace incorporates a classic chevron design to make a piece that can be worn with many different looks and for many years.
What is it like to be a Creative in Nashville?
There is so much good and positive creative energy in Nashville right now. My workshop is at Fort Houston which is home to many creative individuals and businesses. People are very open to collaborate and work together and it's been a great city to start my business in.