Being someone who works with fabric on a daily basis, it is almost impossible for me to fathom how metal can be worked in such a way that it can wind and cradle our hands, wrists, and necks with such fluid organic sensibility. It amazes me how something so raw and harsh can become so weightless and etherial.
Today's interviewee, Sharon Zimmerman, of Sharon Zimmerman Design, captures this balance in her enchanting jewelry. I love the way Sharon photographs her work, showing not only the outside view, but also the guts, the inside of the earring or ring that really tell us the story of how the piece came to fruition in her hands.
One of Sharon's rings, specifically, really caught my eye. Of course there's the pink gemstone, but I was also drawn to how balanced the ring looked even though it was photographed asymmetrically. I'll always have a soft spot for mathematics, so when I read: "lines that are spaced according to the Fibonacci Sequence", she had me! How simply, logically beautiful...
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3. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?
I make modern jewelry out of sterling silver, 14 karat and 18 karat gold. I spent a couple of years at a technical school in Madison, WI before moving to San Francisco 6 years ago to attend the Revere Academy's Jewelers Intensive program. You spend 2 months in class-8 hours a day, 5 days a week, plus any extra time that you can on independent projects. When the course was complete, I came out with a comprehensive set of jewelry-making skills. I try not to put too many limits on my creative process. My process starts with an idea, and my main initial rule is that I can't dismiss anything in the initial stages. Later I might edit or refine an idea, but the beginning stages are unfettered by judgement. It's a challenging practice. As a consequence, I almost always carry a notebook or journal with me so that I can write or sketch any snippet of an idea. I try to take in as much as I can.
4. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you.
What I studied in college has had virtually no influence on my chosen profession. I majored in music (vocal performance) with a minor in Women's Studies. I took only one art class in 4 years of college, yet somehow still wound up in the visual arts field. I have practiced yoga for about 12 years. It is the only form of exercise that has ever stuck with me other than walking. Jogging? Tried for 3 months and then gave up because I hated it. Swimming? Too scared of drowning. Aerobics? BO-ring! Elliptical/Rowing/Stationary Bike/treadmill? OK if I'm on vacation and staying in a hotel, but otherwise please see my answer to the question of Aerobics. I love the way that yoga constantly challenges me to think differently about myself. It also helps immensely with my focus, not to mention my aching shoulders and back from making jewelry all the time.
5. What inspires your creations?
Modern art, abstractions of nature, sacred geometry and science. I am interested in the interplay of science and the natural world, of science and spirituality, and how they are not as separate as we often think.
Everyday, i wear the one that you see in the picture. If anyone ever orders this, I will need to make a new one, because there is no way that I am giving this one up. All I can say is that the smooth surfaces and the curves just feel good to wear. I find myself running my fingers over this ring constantly.