Student Spotlight: Allison Van Dyck

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.maggidcuffsquare

What classes have you taken at Liloveve?

I have taken wax carving, rosecut diamonds, and the jewelry production class. I highly recommend all three.

Where do you draw inspiration when designing your work?

I like to draw inspiration from the raw material itself and let its qualities guide me. Geometric angles and repetition have a huge play in my designs.stack

Where do you sell your work?

Currently I sell at a few womens boutiques in the city, and am looking to branch out.chevronmaggie

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

.Allison Van Dyck - A cuff

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 –

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