So, it’s this combination of sculptural and natural?
Often times, I will be inspired by nature itself, whether it’s a particular plant, sometimes I find inspiration in certain cactus shapes, or the fact that the nature of the melted wax inherently looks like water, so I’ll find different inspirations of watery bodies and things of that nature as well. I have also taken inspiration from a variety of seastones. In my second collection for example, I found some beautifully weathered stones on the seashore in Costa Rica. The stones had holes running through them that had been burrowed out by little sea crustaceans…. and I based a whole collection around those stones.
Personally, what’s your relationship with nature now that it has such an importance in what you create?
I almost always lived by the ocean, so I always felt like that definitely lent to my jewellery. Nature is a really important part of my life. For every collection, I take time to go on a little trip, a little retreat. For this last collection, I actually went up to Ojai, a local little mountain town. I will take some time in nature, and, this sounds very Californian, I do a little meditation in nature, and I sit down with my sketchbook and just look around. There’s actually a beautiful little meditation park near here too, and it has incredible landscaping, there’s ponds and every type of flora and fauna that you can imagine. And I will often go there, look around, and see a certain plant, and it will inspire me. Always going into nature to get my inspiration, whether it’s by the ocean or in the mountains.
Is it always nature that’s your source of inspiration?
Nature is the main source, but there’s definitely a few different collections, where I pulled a little bit from mid-century modern sculptors. Jean Arp, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, they really spoke to me. A few of my pieces are actually inspired by their aesthetics as well.
Going back to nature a little bit, because I think this connects to it, but your whole idea on sustainability and self-auditing, maybe you can talk a bit about that as well?
Yeah, going into nature so much, makes it very clear to me, that sustainability is of utmost importance. I had explored earlier to expand the brand a little bit to work with overseas agents to help me make the jewellery, but I’ve pulled back on that and decided to do everything locally, so that it can be as sustainable as possible and so that we can have the smallest footprint possible. It’s been a little bit more of a juggle during corona to do everything in-house, but we generally make everything in-house, and if not, we make it locally within Los Angeles. All of the metal waste we have in the studio is recycled and refined, we use natural pickles (a low-grade acid) and we try to use and re-use as much material we can within the studio. In addition, I am trying to source as many local and fair-mined stones as possible. We started working with an incredible sunstone mine this past season, they are in Oregon, and they actually mine their own stones, and they cut them there, so that cuts down on the footprint as well. And it is nice to be able to meet a miner and be able to see the entire line of distribution. Because oftentimes, with stones, you will meet a distributor or a cutter, but you won’t actually meet the miner themselves, and here you are going to be able to see about fair-mining practices. I am developing that relationship and looking forward to sourcing more.