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?
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.
Where do you sell your work?
Currently I sell at a few womens boutiques in the city, and am looking to branch out.
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