When did you first start making jewelry?
I started five years ago when I moved to NYC from Seattle. I was just transitioning from a career in dance and choreography, and I needed a creative outlet that did not require me to rent a space or buy a ton of materials. I found I enjoyed making necklaces using very limited materials.
What classes have you taken at Liloveve?
Where do you draw inspiration when designing your work?
Where do you sell your work?
What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?
I think my “A Cuff” is my favorite design. Its very streamlined and simple and took many versions to get right
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Currently I feel drawn to Italy with the fall harvesting and delicious food. I would love to go to (Burma), New Zealand, Japan, Morocco, pretty much anywhere I would be game.
If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be and why?
This is a difficult one… I’m inspired by many artists. I really like the work of Marion Vidal. She’s a french designer who uses glazed ceramics and unusual materials in her jewelry, but the work is highly polished, not really rough and organic. I would love to spend some time in her process.
What’s the most fun aspect of being a jewelry designer?
Going to the diamond district! Such a bizarre little subterranean world stuffed into a few blocks. I also love the moment that comes from hours, days, of preparation: molding, sanding, hammering, polishing, and the final moment of setting a stone, or soldering a closure. The adrenaline of the final lasting touch that marks a beautiful creation.
Check outmore of Allison’s work on her website – www.allisonvandyck.com