June 10, 2013

Ten Questions with Jessie Turner

We're very happy to welcome Jessie Turner back for Shiny Fuzzy Muddy 14. Let's get to know her and her jewelry a bit better with this instalment of Ten Questions.

When did you start your art practice?
I can't even remember when I actually started creating things.... when i was wee. 
I remember (and my mom reminds me :) ) of when i was probably only about 7 years old walking around an art fair on Cortes Island, where I grew up,  selling my hand made beaded earrings. 
I started working as a full time jewellery maker 9 years ago after 2 years of Jewellery Art and Design studies. 

What is your creative process like? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
For me the creative process is hard to define. Sometimes I just feel inspired to explore a topic. I enjoy contemplating many philosophical subjects and  get really excited when one of those ideas turns into something tangible in my hands... that someone can wear. Mostly I am inspired when I can spend time doing my studies into 'Soul work', through writing, classes, yoga and being in nature.

How has your art practice evolved over the years?
More and more I like to explore ideas through art. Like the idea of being uplifted, in my new feather series. I am more interested in making things that inspire thought, consideration and both inner and outer dialogue. 

Describe what you make.
Mostly I make sterling silver jewellery. Sometimes this involves stones and the addition of some gold. 

How many years have you participated in SFM?
This will be my 4th year (i think?!?)

What's new for this year's SFM?
More one of a kind pieces...and feathers.. I can't stop with the feathers!

What's your favourite part about the SFM show?
Being a part of such a diverse and talented group of artists. It's a super fun show and a lot of us know each other from being in our creative community so it can be like a little reunion!

Who are your favourite artists?
Ooooh don't make me choose!!!! 
I'll admit to having a lot of Laura McKibbon ceramics and eyeing up a new Arleigh wood piece for my walls. 

What are you listening to in the studio?
oooh yes.... studio tunes...
Bon Iver
Ben Howard
James Vincent Mcmorrow
The Cave Singers
Mumford and Suns
... notice the theme of broody romantic here!
What other creative outlets do you enjoy?
I'm exploring painting and mixed media work again which is super fun. I've just started teaching creative process classes too- which is super exciting!

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