Lately I have been preoccupied with change. Whether it is a friend buying their first house, having a baby or my own personal shifting as a result of finding a new studio space and contemplating a different direction for the jewelry, change is everywhere. And although it is challenging, change is also inevitable. Perhaps that’s why this week I am so drawn to inspiring stories of transformation, ingenuity and resilience.
I have a borderline crazed obsession with artist UncuttArt. Spotting his Young MJ throughout the city always induces a little giggle. His latest street campaign blasts an empowering message literally everywhere I step in this city. Protect Yo He(Art) is a poignant reminder that the power source of your creativity must be protected at all costs.
Other than a belly button piercing that I plan on sporting well past an appropriate age, my days of experimenting with body modification are over. The work of Akiko Shinzato, however, is captivating approach to jewelry that defies tradition. This revolutionary jewelry artist pushes the boundaries of wearing jewelry much farther than any ear climber or knuckle ring ever could.
Serena Williams has dominated the tennis world for some time now, much longer than anyone ever expected. Rather than just sit on her laurels, and her millions, she continues to explore new ways of challenging herself, including a very awkward pitch on QVC as noted by New York Magazine.
Finding profitable avenues to sell your designs is grandest difficulty as a designer. One San Francisco-based jewelry designer deftly transitioned his Uber side gig into a platform for pitching his jewelry to a very admirable success.