jewelry

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.

Featured Designer - KariBeth

What made you want to start KariBeth Jewelry?

I began making jewelry as a creative outlet while working a regular 9-5 after moving back home from Detroit, where I was a Crafts major in college. I've always had the need to be creating with my hands. But, it wasn't until I moved to NYC several years later that I would combine my jewelry making with my obsession with antiquing. I fell in love with the process of hunting for special heirloom pieces and the challenge of recreating them into modern day jewelry.

What are your current design influences? 

Overall, I'm mostly influenced by the unique vintage pieces that I find. But, I also find that my jewelry designs are highly influenced by my love of interior design. I feel that a person's fashion style doesn't stray too far from their home decor style. Currently, I'm obsessed with Kelly Wearstler, and I think that the way she puts things together in a space is genius. I'm incredibly inspired by her mix of metals, textures, shapes, and color combinations. 

Name four key words that describe your aesthetic.

 Unique, timeless, playful, complex

Rorschach inkblot necklace

Is there one design that you're particularly proud of? That said THIS is what KariBeth Jewelry is all about?

The pieces that truly challenge me are my favorite, so I would say any of my Rorschach Inkblot pieces. They're like putting together a complex 3D puzzle, and they make me really think outside the box. They also showcase my obsession with symmetry. 

What is it like to be a Creative in Nashville?

I think that Nashville is very receptive, nurturing, and supportive to those that are creative. I feel that there are so many creatives here in Nashville, and as much as we cheer on each other, the community is also rooting for our success.

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Featured Designer - Lindsay Walker of Walker Jewelry

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 

The Rachel Necklace by Walker Jewelry

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. 

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