Wednesday, December 23, 2009
November 19, 2009: Sweetie Box Studios
"Fashion is so easy, style is much harder" -Amy Smania
Amy Smania lives down the street from me. She has a workshop in her backyard that looks from the park like a secret shed. Inside though, its roomier than you would imagine. There is an electric stove, and enough room for Amy to make jewerly, and display it in an area that looks like a dreamy living room dressingroom studio.
We met on a rainy night with a portable recorder in Amy's workshop, to talk about her work. Amy has been making jewelery for over 20 years. Her work is stunning, often asemetrical, can be worn more than one way, and evokes dreams and stories. They remind me of the tough and gritty parts of fairy tales... those parts you wait for.
In this interview Amy talks about the intimacy of making custom work (which the is the majority of the work she does), She talks about her process, and history with jewelery making. We talk about what it means to pass on things with meaning. To let go of work, and to make work in collaboration with those who will wear them and pass them on.
Check out Amy's work at www.sweetieboxstudios.com