Carin Jones

August 24, 2021

Carin Jones-Pistachios

Carin Jones is featured in our 2021 Exhibition 'Sticks and Stones & Broken Bones' 
July 31st – October 31st

Our Autumn exhibition celebrates contemporary artists that aren't afraid to push limits by moving away from classic designs and towards recognizable imagery.

 

 

Q: Where did you study Jewelry/Metalsmithing and when?

A: Self Taught

 

Q: What inspires your work?

A: I studied zoology in college and worked as a keeper raising red wolves as a part of the species survival plan. My work is always directly connected to nature. Trying to inspire others to care about it, and the survival of this planet as much as I do.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?

A: I have several pieces I look back on that just came together effortlessly. Those are the pieces that tend to work out the best, when they aren't forced. Most of them can be found in my gallery on my website at www.jonesingforjewelry.com

 

Q: What made you want to start making jewelry?

A: I have always made jewelry. In middle school, my friend and I started a business that we named "Frisky & Flash," I'll let you try and figure out which part of the name represents each of us. We were making earrings out of hand drawn shrink plastic and beading. Making has always been a part of my life, but even more so jewelry specifically.

 

Q: What is your favorite process? Why that one over others?

A: My favorite part is probably organic castings. It stays exciting. No, matter how many countless flasks I have thrown, it's challenging each time. There are no guarantees, and always room to keep exploring.

 

Q: Who is your favorite artist/who do you wear?

A: I own a lot of other artists work and wear it more than my own honestly. I have a Seventh & Stone necklace I wear constantly, and my favorite earrings are currently Grey Von Cannon

 

Q: Is there an artist on your personal wishlist that you hope to own one day?

A: I pine over Anna Johnson's earrings constantly. Her layouts are always so interesting!

 

Q: When you're not making jewelry, what are you doing?

A: We are currently building our dream home. And by that I mean, we are out there hammering and digging and pouring concrete. It's filling any of our extra time right now, but when we used to have free time, we do a lot of camping. There is so much to explore in the PNW, but we love a good long road trip too!

 

Q: This show centers around more unique jewelry making materials. What drew you to those materials? 
 
A: It is incredibly interesting, and sometimes frustrating, to observe what we value as humans. Often our most prized possessions are man made. We might not think so, but our shopping habits show that we value quick, low priced, low quality items. We fail to recognize that our most valuable item is nature itself. It's the one thing, when gone, we are incapable of producing ourselves. I try and use these objects in their natural state as much as possible. 
 

In my Mineral & Marrow Series, I concentrate on an unexpected coupling of discarded bones and high end gemstones. While, at first glance this may seem contradictory, the partnership challenges the audience’s inclination to undervalue one material and overvalue the other. It clarifies the equality of elements - born of stardust and returning to stardust -  and emphasizes the true value of the natural world.  

Crafting materials commonly regarded as disposable into treasured pieces of wearable art challenges society’s perspective and, moreover, assists in realigning the audience’s standpoint. 

 
Q: How do you source the materials that you use? 
 
A: The gemstones, I have made some good relationships with sellers while in Tucson. The bones, are mostly from a fellow WA native who is utilizing leftovers from other processes, like dog & human food, etc.  Bones are incredibly tricky, as there are quite a few rules imparted by Fish & Wildlife to ensure that animals are not overharvested or taken illegally all of which I am sure to follow. 
 
Q: The materials featured in this show are oftentimes overlooked in traditional jewelry making. What are your goals for using them in your work? 
 
A: To challenge the audience's perspective regarding true value. 

 Carin Jones
She/Her

Seattle, WA

 

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