I was never much of a jewelry wearer. I got my ears pierced late and promptly let them grow out a short while after. The only time you could find me in a necklace and a ring was during my late teen hippy stage - and even then they were most probably made from hemp and some sort of chunky mood stone. When we moved to the states I came across Another Feather. I'd seen Hannah's work floating around the web and had the chance to try some of her designs on at a pop up event in Nashville. I put a gold arc ring on my middle right finger and, despite the times where I find myself baking or climbing, haven't taken it off since. I think it was the simplicity and originality of the designs that struck me most. I became obsessed. They are just so lovely and so damn wearable.
Meeting Hannah in Portland, back in October, was quite the exciting moment for me. It turns out that we had found ourselves in the very same spot exactly a year earlier at a dinner event over on the East Coast. However, neither of us knew of each other then so we didn't formally meet. This time we did indeed meet and it was oh so lovely. We spent the morning working our way down Division street starting at Stumptown for coffee + tea, Roman Candle for Lunch and ending up at Salt + Straw for some after lunch treats. Hannah seems to always find the best eats (I quite often find myself stalking her instagram looking for the best restaurants in unfamiliar cities). She graciously greeted us with fresh figs from the tree in her garden and happily reshaped my accidentally squished arc ring during our chat over coffee. Of course our time together flew by way too fast. Not at all surprising considering that it felt like I had been waiting a year for this one - to meet the maker who turned me into a jewelery wearer, who's ring I'd been wearing around daily and who has got me adding her bracelets to my Christmas list. Serious obsession. Not only with the jewelry but dear Hannah too. What a lady.
What projects are you currently working on?
Some exciting collaborations that I can't quite share yet, a few events & pop-ups, my next collection, and a new look book.
Where do you draw your creative inspiration from?
So many places. Almost always from traveling, unknown and familiar landscapes, the internet, architecture, and the simplest moments or patterns found while going about my day.
Why a Jeweler?
I love the sculptural aspects of working in metal, and I love creating pieces in that medium which interact with the body. From that interest I began making the simplistic and everyday pieces I always wanted to exist but couldn't seem to find.
Do you listen to music while you work? If so, would you be so kind to share some of your favourite artists?
I'm a little bit crazy when it comes to that, and actually really enjoy working in silence for most of the morning. By the end of the day music is usually turned on at some point to help get through the late afternoon.
Do you have a morning ritual?
Coffee, yoga, emails. I wish I didn't have to get on my computer so early in the day, but now that I'm on the west coast I constantly feel behind all day due to the time difference if not. Then to work in the studio for the remainder of the morning, or meetings/ errands depending on the day. If it's the weekend then I like to linger over the coffee, make a proper breakfast, and go for a walk.
What's your idea of a perfect Friday night?
Friday's always somehow end up being one of my busiest days, so by the end of it I am pretty spent and want to stay in. Fridays around here typically end in a run at the park, thai take out and a movie at home. Saturday and sunday evenings are for going out or for cooking a big dinner and having our friends over.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Right now I've really been wanting to visit Morocco, Greece, Berlin and Copenhagen. Japan is also high on my list.
Best piece of advice you've ever given or been given?
It's better to get paid less and do work that inspires yourself and those around you than to spend your life doing something that makes you miserable all for the sake of a paycheck. I was given that advice early on and I still stand by it and give it often.
What's for dinner?
Cauliflower & lemongrass soup
The best part about being a creative?
Being able to have my hands in so many inspiring things, being my own boss, working with my hands everyday.
The worst part?
Learning to reign it in, having my mind in a million places/ projects at once. Never having an off-switch. Getting little sleep.
Day or night? Day
Old or new? Both, I can't decide. I like the aesthetics of new but the history and visual story of old. Or new inspired by old. Or a juxtaposition of both.
City or Country? Also both. Living in the city, and frequently spending time in the country is ideal for me.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee first thing in the morning then tea the remainder of the day, herbal tea in the evening before bed.
What do you enjoy most about living in Portland, OR?
The community of creatives, the lush plant life, incredible food and being relatively close to so many beautiful parts of Oregon (i.e. the coast, the Columbia gorge, the woods, Mt. Hood)
Thoughts for the future:
They always involve travel plans. Serious wanderlust over here.