July 27, 2021
Q: Where did you study Jewelry/Metalsmithing and where?
A: University of Arkansas at Little Rock, BFA in Applied Design 2013 (2015 when I actually got my diploma, long story.) I have also attended workshops at Penland School of Craft and a PIVOTAL private workshop with Kat Cole in 2019.
Q: What inspires your work?
A: Fashion, drag queens, queer nightlife, minimalist interior design, pop culture, unusual material juxtapositions.
Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?
A: I fall in love with all of my pieces, but I'm always ready to make the next thing to fall in love with. I always end up keeping a few of my pieces, especially earrings or statement necklaces.
Q: What made you want to start making jewelry?
A: Originally, I was set on being a fashion designer (thanks, Project Runway) and eventually came across the metalsmithing program in undergrad. I've always loved making and jewelry provided a way for me to create something tangible, wearable, and "sellable." The wearability was always a major draw for me.
Q: What is your favorite process? Why that one over others?
A: Enameling is very satisfying, especially once I learned about liquid enamels vs sifting. The firing process itself is very quick and I get a little dopamine kick seeing each layer evolve. Also a reason why I love production work instead of spending a ton of time on one piece.
Q: Who is your favorite artist/who do you wear?
A: I love Kat Cole and Tara Locklear, both very talented and very gifted business people. I get a lot of inspiration from not only their work, but how they manage their studio practice.
Q: Is there an artist on your personal wishlist that you hope to own one day?
A: I'm always eyeing Teresa Frank Faris' work, so good. Arthur Hash. Aurelie Guillaume. There's so much talent out there, I'm always drooling over contemporary jewelry.
Q: What is something you would want someone to know about your work that they might not know?
A: That I still squeal with delight anytime someone loves and compliments my work, tags me online wearing my work...it's just amazing. There's a certain magic in taking raw materials and making them into wearable art, so when someone else connects with that and wears it? Talk about dopamine hit!
Q: When you're not making jewelry, what are you doing?
A: BALLOONS. I was lucky enough to land a wildly different creative job during the pandemic. Never thought I'd see myself doing balloons but it's been very entertaining and keeps me gainfully employed.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
A: I'm just so thankful to be part of this current iteration of Pistachios, it's truly a treat and a dream!
Myriam Saavedra She/Her
Little Rock, AKTo shop Myriam's whole collection, CLICK HERE
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