If I remember correctly, you were in the art school… What was your favorite piece you’ve made? And why? Do you see yourself exploring creative endeavors in the future?
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I’m going to answer the second part first. I do see myself continuing to be creative in some form, since I have always done SOMEthing creative for as long as I remember, whether it was art or music. I don’t know if I will branch out any more, because being in the art school for a year really made me see that jewelry is probably the only thing I truly love making. I liked sculpture, but I was never as inspired when I was designing in such a large scale. There’s something unique and awesome about creating something that is directly connected to the body…I guess thats why I’m drawn to it. I’ve actually been thinking strongly about trying to fit in another jewelry class before I leave Michigan.
My favorite piece oh my god this is so hard. I think it has to be my self portrait ring.
The charms: Manhattan (With all lines leading to where my apartment is located), a bass cleft, the Michigan block M, an upside down pink triangle (used by the Nazis to label gays in the holocaust), and a now outdated beaker for my then path in chemistry. The door quotes Wicked: “Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?”.
It was such a stressful thing to make because I felt so personally connected to it. It really forced me to reflect and think EXACTLY what I wanted to say about myself, and what had changed for me since I came to Michigan.
I have been getting better at opening up (LIKE A DOOR GET IT?) since I got here, and I really wanted to continue that with this piece. It was also the first time I did many of the techniques - building a box, making a hinge, enameling the charms….it was so fucking stressful but I am so happy with how it turned out and I love the accidental wearability of it. Its so funny to me that I already need to switch out the last charm because I changed my mind again.
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