Tuesday, May 10, 2011

art talk Tuesday: Kyle Anne Judson

Name, age, hometown, blog/website
Kyle Anne Judson,
I am 28
My hometown is Atlanta, Ga but have been in Santa Barbara, CA for 2 years

When did you first discover your creative talents?
I come from a family of artists and have   been artistic my whole life. I was raised in a Montessori environment and have always been a very visual learner. My parents always knew that I would follow some type of artistic path in my life. I took my first silversmithing class at 16, which is when I discovered the world of jewelry. I have never turned back, once I picked up a torch I knew that working with metal is exactly what I wanted to spend my life doing.

What inspires you and keeps you motivated to create?
Artist from the Modernism and the Art Deco movement have always been a huge source of inspiration for me. I really like simple modern designs with clean lines. I am motivated by the massive collection of stones that I own. Whenever I am getting an “artists block” I just start going through one of my many trays of stones, and like magic the ideas start to flow!

How would you describe your style?
I see my work as modern and elegant, yet simple and timeless. Kind of a contradiction I know, but really it fits into all of those categories! I have customers that range in ages from 14 to 75 which is pretty awesome. I think one of the reasons my shop has been so successful is that my jewelry is very versatile. My work is really centered around the stone. I use the metal as a way to elegantly showcase the stones in a very simple way. In a way I see my work as creating a frame around an amazing piece of art. It should emphasize the piece, and not distract from its natural beauty.

Who are some people that have inspired your work?
I guess I would have to say that I use myself as the person I have in mind when I am designing. If I wouldnt wear a certain ring, once I make the sample, 99% of the time I wont list it! I am also inspired by the people around me, my roommate, my mom, my sister in law, etc. I am always seeking out their opinions on new designs I make. I guess I would have to say that I use myself as the person I have in mind when I am designing. If I wouldnt wear a certain ring, once I make the sample, 99% of the time I wont list it!

What is something funny that's happened to you recently?
The greatest source of joy in my life right now is my adorable niece Ella, who has just really started to talk. She has begun to mimic the way I say certain words, for example the way I say “Hiiiiiiiiiii” in a high singsong voice. Also her new favorite word is “Cool” which just so happens to be mine as well.

How do you bridge the gap between creating and running a business?
That is one of the hardest things for me to do, especially since I am severly ADD. After many years of working on it I have finally really reached a point where I am able to balance the two. I really have to work at it though. I often find myself glued to the computer answering emails 8 hours a day when I really should be at my bench, and vice versa. The biggest thing for me is to make sure I try and balance my time equally.

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Outgoing, creative, optimistic, compassionate, awesome!

Any advice for aspiring artists/designers?
Don’t let yourself get burned out! That is the most important lesson I have learned.

Thank you so much, Kyle, for sharing your beautiful creations with us today!  I loved reading your interview, and am currently saving my pennies to buy one of these lovely pieces :)

1 comment

  1. I would also say EXTREMELY GIFTED in a description of Kyle....My husband commissioned an amazing sand hill crane pendant and I also have tow other spectacular pieces of Kyle's cloissoinne.........every time I wear them people ask who the artist is...the crane draws the most comments and it was a novice attempt by this artist and my favorite piece in my collection which is extensive and includes amazing Sicilian designs and Gogo Ferguson pieces as well.......Thank you Kyle for your beautiful work........just found an invoice while rearranging jewelry and decided to look you up.....hope you will see this comment! Hugs, Sharyn Holmes....Marietta, GA