Jewellery designer Jackie Reynolds, hails straight out of Colorado with a degree in digital art, awarded to her by the University of Colorado Boulder. Her passion for art has been with her since childhood thanks to her mother's extremely observant eye. Having noticed her daughter was attracted to design, patterns and pretty much anything art related she began to enrol her in art classes. Jackie's love for art was cemented during her time at college, where she was able to expand her interests and understanding of the subject.
What attracted you to jewellery design?
I have always had an great passion for jewellery. This passion for jewellery launched my personal exploration to design my own. I have been attracted to many different types and styles but, what has always captivated and held my attention is the uniqueness of a designers style. Although, for generations societies have focused on generic designs like "rings" "necklaces" and "bracelets" there have been designers that created unique styles within those categories. I see such room for growth within this sector of jewellery and this is the area where I️ define my talents. My jewellery is versatile, unique and trend setting. I️ have created “Add-ons’” which are attachable accents, changing the look of a piece of jewellery in seconds. This allows a piece of jewellery to have multiple purposes. In addition, I have created “Back-laces,” jewellery worn down the back, “Spine Drops,” spine jewellery, “Palm Jewellery,” worn over the palm, “Brings,” a combination of a bracelet and rings, my current “Overlay” series which is jewellery worn over clothing, gloves or boots. Most of these designs utilise the adaptability of my “Add-ons.”
What materials do you enjoy working with and why?
The materials I work with respond to the phases of styles of jewellery I am designing. For the last year and a half I have highly enjoyed working with brass and copper. These materials can easily create such unique shapes. In this past week I have been using various types of crystals, beads, and stones. These materials produce creations with beautiful reflective qualities and colour. In a few of my designs I combined my love of metals with those materials.
A lot of your designs play around with shapes, what is it that you enjoy about pushing such boundaries?
Since a young child I have designed using shapes. A huge phase of my artistic style started when I was about 7. I created Mandalas, working with shapes, balance and symmetry. The use of balance and symmetry has greatly influenced the style and harmony seen throughout my creations.
What influences your designs?
My design process is unconventional and doesn't follow any rule book. I get inspired by the environment, my thoughts, people around me and my mood. I see designs in my mind morphing into shapes, compositions and templates. My creations often evolve instantly with a thought. I sense trends in jewelry and then feel how to make them unique and distinctive.
What are you currently working on?
My creative process varies from day to day depending on my artistic flow of ideas and what I have found that inspires me. A couple days ago I was using my findings that I bought from a gem fair in Orange County California. I️ am always working on new concepts but I continue to embellish my Add-ons, Backlaces, Spine Drops, Palm Jewelry, and my Overlayme series. While creating jewelry this past week I have been simultaneously been working on my digital designs. I used photography and computer created graphics to design digital collages. I then use my graphics to superimpose onto apparel, boards, and specifically these past few days snow jackets. My design possibilities are limitless and ever evolving.