Next up, we have an interview with the amazingly talented Jennifer, aka JENeticsJewelry. Check out her etsy here: JENeticsJewelry
If you could put together a treasury and use only one color, what would you use?
Just one! Although it would change by the day, today, I’d have to pick fuchsia. For the longest time, I wouldn’t buy anything with pink on it. I was just too much of a tomboy growing up. But some time during college, I realized you can be a woman and athlete and artist and I started to accept the fact that deep, rich pinks where extremely attractive to me. Baby pink, however, is still just too… girly.
What shops on Etsy do you enjoy watching the most?
I love to peruse shops that use extremely different materials than I do. Looking at how others masterfully manipulate their chosen medium inspires me to manipulate my own in unconventional manners. Some of my favorite shops are steampunkdesign, DesignsByFriston, HapaGirls, elementclaystudio, joelmasouza, amth13, and creationtwinne
What style/genre do you enjoy creating the most?
Steampunk/Victorian. The mix of industrial and whimsy and completely audacious inventions lets my imagination run wild. It’s so fun to look at a modern object or theme and manipulate it backwards into steampunk.
Out of everything you’ve created, what one piece do you love the most?
My steampunk gauged earrings steal the show!
Where does your inspiration come from?
My first inspiration is nature. It’s the ultimate portfolio from the original artist and creator. I am also inspired by the classical masters like Fra’ Filippo Lippi and Caravaggio.
When did you first start creating jewelry?
A few years ago, I had moved out to the middle of nowhere’s ville, Colorado and there was absolutely nothing to do but cow tipping. I wouldn’t consider myself a city girl, but that was truly the edge of civilization. I couldn’t even get internet OR cable in the house I was living in. Luckily, I had a good friend who beaded as a hobby. She taught me all she knew and let me experiment with her supplies. I started to tinker around with creating jewelry for myself. Jump to the future- as life twists and turns, I moved to Austin and was able to begin making jewelry full-time.
What’s your Creating Playlist?
Take a listen! www.playlist.com/user/46654897/playlists
What other hobbies do you have?
I paint and draw, I take artsy photos and create promotional print media for various people, and I volunteer heavily with the youth at my church (every congregation needs an odd bird to bring creative balance!).
If you could offer advice to others looking to make jewelry, what would it be?
It’s the same advise I give up-and-coming artists and the youth I work with: To stay true to yourself. Every person is a unique creation with a unique purpose in life. No one’s path follows the same trail. My art and craft is a reflection of myself. Investigate who you are as an individual. What colors are you attracted to, images, styles, locations, time periods, objects. And don’t be afraid to try new techniques and mediums! It took Thomas Edison at least three thousand different theories (and in turn failures) before he was able to produce a working light bulb. Experimentation is absolutely needed to reach your full creative potential.