Featured Designer - Carolyn Burgess of Acorn + Archer

Ouija on Leather

Ouija on Leather

How did you get your start as a jewelry designer?

I started with a different line of jewelry about 15 years ago and like many designers, just created for myself and friends until a boutique owner inquired where she could get her own.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Primarily from decades past. You can find art deco patterns as well as mod Bauhaus lines in my designs.

Uwan in White Porcelain

Uwan in White Porcelain

What do you enjoy about the Nashville design community?

The support and encouragement you receive from other designers.

What resources do you wish Nashville had more of for designers?

With my focus on clay right now, I wish we had more resources for beginners. I took a community education class for two years to have access to a kiln before purchasing my own and getting my own studio space. It is an expensive startup, but so much fun!

Who is your number one fashion icon?

Jane Birkin

What has been a collaboration you’ve really enjoyed?

Though we've never intentionally collaborated at the creation phase, Shannon of People Like Art and myself always design pieces that are very complementary of the other's work. We've paired her clothing with my jewelry for photo shoots, runway shows and just for website material and it always looks as though the clothing and accessories were designed with the other in mind. We both love to get together and do the pairings and ohhh and ahhh about it.

Ohm Necklace

Ohm Necklace

What is a goal you have for your business?

I plan to expand to home goods in 2017

What’s the hardest part about being a jewelry designer?

Jewelry is an accessory and it is really hard to make it front and center. If you are planning a photo shoot or just an outfit, it's easy to be swayed by a great pattern or cut of a garment and the jewelry can get lost.

Are seasons important to you as a designer?

No, I find that jewelry is always in season.

What three words describe your style?

Mod, natural, statement

Why is it important to buy local?

It is so great to be able to know where your fashion comes from, but the main reasons are that it impacts the local economy and environment by requiring less to be trucked in. It cuts down on processing, packaging and transportation waste as well as supporting local businesses who in turn can produce more income, jobs and taxes for our community than big box stores. I would rather support quality products being made locally than lower prices of foreign sweat shop labor.

See Carolyn's designs and her collaboration with photographer Ashtin Paige at the next Fashion Happening on October 15. Get your ticket here.