Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! Today I am bringing you a great interview with Jewelry designer, Melissa Borrell. Melissa Borrell Design is a great mixure of art and design. Pop-Out Jewelry, 3D print out jewelry, and Topography Jewelry collections from Melissa Borrell design are innovative and creative. Melissa's work is wearble art and I must know how this line came to be.
So without further ado
Here is Heavy on Fashion Talks to Melissa Borrell!
Heavy on Fashion: When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer?
Melissa Borrell: I fell in love with jewelry making when I worked in a bead store in Boston after I graduated from college. I started selling my designs to galleries right away. I was so excited about it that I would wake up in the middle of the night with ideas for new pieces.
Heavy on Fashion: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever designed?
Melissa Borrell: The first piece was called the Orbit Necklace. I made my own beads from wire and combined them with colorful glass beads. (image attached).
Heavy on Fashion: Explain the technique behind Topography Jewelry, Pop Out jewelry, and 3-D printed jewelry.
Melissa Borrell: Topography Jewelry is made by soldering chain together at certain points so that it creates a "drawing" on the body. After the piece is completed I oxidize the metal to turn the metal black.
The shapes for the Pop-Out Jewelry collection come directly from drawings that I make. I scan the drawings to the computer so that they can be transferred directly onto the metal. The final pieces are exact replications of the hand drawn shapes.
3-D Printed Jewelry is drawn on the computer and then output in nylon by a 3D printer. On some of the pieces I then add metal accents to highlight the sculptural elements of the design much like gemstones are set in traditional jewelry.
Heavy on Fashion:How long does it usually take you to construct a piece? It really varies from piece to piece.
Melissa Borrell: For many of my pieces it takes more time to make decisions and figure out how to make a piece than it takes to actually construct it and other are much more time intensive like the Topography Necklace which takes hours of very detailed soldering.
Melissa Borrell: I was very honored to have my designs chosen to be sold at the Museum of Modern Art design store in New York and Tokyo.
Heavy on Fashion:What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, ?
Melissa Borrell: I hope to have pushed the boundaries of what people will wear!
Heavy on Fashion:Who are some of your favorite designers?
Melissa Borrell: I love Issey Miyake - his technology driven design is a constant inspiration to me.
Melissa Borrell: www.melissaborrell.com
Heavy on Fashion:What advice do you have for aspiring designers?
Melissa Borrell: Recognize what your talents are and push yourself as far as you can creatively. Also, ask for help -- know your weaknesses and don't be afraid to work with others if you can't achieve your vision on your own.
Heavy on Fashion:Finally, what does fashion mean to you?
Melissa Borrell: Fashion is about expressing yourself and your individuality. I love the fact that my pieces look different on everyone and show off each person's unique beauty.