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T W O B L U E S T R I P E S

{Avant-garde jewelry that I make by goldsmithing, silver-smithing, wire wrapping, woodworking, and other techniques.}

W A T C H TWO BLUE STRIPES http://vimeo.com/28389160


Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I grew up in Charleston where the ocean, winding rivers, and ancient oaks framed the canvas on which history had drawn the elegant stokes of Southern style. The inspiration of this historic city, the close community within it, and fabric of life experiences shaped me to become the artist that I am today. I received my Bachelors of Fine Arts from Clemson University with a specialization in painting and photography. I also studied and have a strong foundation in…

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  • Born on April 24
  • Joined January 11, 2010

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About

T W O B L U E S T R I P E S

{Avant-garde jewelry that I make by goldsmithing, silver-smithing, wire wrapping, woodworking, and other techniques.}

W A T C H TWO BLUE STRIPES http://vimeo.com/28389160


Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I grew up in Charleston where the ocean, winding rivers, and ancient oaks framed the canvas on which history had drawn the elegant stokes of Southern style. The inspiration of this historic city, the close community within it, and fabric of life experiences shaped me to become the artist that I am today. I received my Bachelors of Fine Arts from Clemson University with a specialization in painting and photography. I also studied and have a strong foundation in sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and drawing. I have owned my own small jewelry business since I was in my teens. Beginning March, I will begin my graduate degree in fine jewelry making, studying under Blaine Lewis. I hope to sharpen my skills as a jewelry maker and designer by becoming a graduate bench jeweler.

Anything else s p e c i a l we should know about you or your c o m p a n y?

The name of Two Blue Stripes has a deep root. When I was younger my father was an airplane pilot and he passed away tragically in a plane accident. His plane had two blue stripes running down the side. He was an entrepreneur himself, a man who was hard working, determined, encouraging, risk-taking, and loyal to others. I strive to mirror his character in my business in the way he built relationships with clients. I am self-taught. I began making jewelry at age six and rode my bike to a shop to buy beads. The passion for jewelry has only grown through the years. I love the idea that people enjoy wearing things I make.

What is the inspiration for your work?

As I mentioned above, my home has formed strong impressions on me and inspires me. I love the outdoors and I am always paying sharp attention to details I observe in my surroundings, both in natural and man-made landscapes. I also love the simple, neglected objects I come across. Also, by movement I see in anything from watch gears to curtains blown by the wind, seem to capture and stimulate new ideas.

What is the process you use to make your art?

Many people routinely have a structured process when creating, although I tend to have a more of an abstract approach, which leads into my originality. It is complicated to describe but similar to a musician when composing a song that begins with just a single note, which builds off one pitch into a complex melody. In short, I see the first part of a piece and then it develops into something more beautiful than expected rather than seeing the whole piece from the very start. Unless I have a specific custom order to fill, I never know exactly how the end result will turn out unless I am trying to recreate one of my pieces.

What do you think makes your product special?

•Each piece of jewelry is a unique, complex, fusion of trends and durability made by hand using wire wrapping and silver-smithing techniques.
•The name of each piece is stemmed from either the specific place I made it or the story in which a piece holds.
•Even though I don’t have a set process to how I make my jewelry, I very much have a specific style and I don’t make any pieces that I wouldn’t wear myself.
• My hope that the jewelry I make will be a timeless design rather than a fleeting trend.

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