Metal. There are just so many types and forms, and so many options of processes to make something 3d out of it. It is just sooooo satisfying to me. It’s also a more flexible and forgiving compared to wood, and, its badass.
What entertainment medium inspires you the most? Film, music, literature?
I’d have to say Music. Not all, obviously, but music is very emotional to me. When I hear music that I really enjoy, it gives me this kind of inspirational energy.
What are you watching/reading/listening to right now?
Ha, my main thing right now is trying to learn Spanish. So the good old Rosetta Stone and similar podcasts. I figured while I’m spending a billion hours in production, I might as well learn something. Also my partner is v Mexican so there’s that. I am also making my way through Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins when I have a moment before bed if I am not too exhausted. And let’s be real, a lot of my time during production, Netfilx is on. Either some crazy show about Alaskans and their subsistence living in subzero temperatures, or some other stupid shit. I have also listened to the new Kendrick album about 20 times.
Who or what motivates you and your art?
Fashion definitely motivates my jewelry business. Every changing season gives me inspiration and energy. Now this might sound weird, but my work ethic in my jewelry business inspires my art. You know when you are producing everything by hand there is so much time that passes while you are running through production months. So when I have a moment to take a break, my mind is full of ideas that isn’t just a part of the assembly line, so I really have to just take those moments of opportunity and just get cranking.
I know you love to cook and spend some qt in the kitchen. What are you cooking these days? These days I’m trying to focus my cooking attentions on healthy paleo meals. I spent way to long not thinking about that kind of thing. So challenging myself to doing the Whole 30 or sticking to strict guidelines like that is easier for me than especially when I am so busy. But let’s be real. I’m 100% Sicilian, so I make a killer gnocchi. M lady loves and I are also trying to perfect a Bolognese recipe over much red wine.
What is your philosophy on work/life? Do you believe there can be a balance or does one seem to take over the other?
You know I haven’t found that balance yet. I definitely think I’m getting close, least I hope so after 4 years. I mean, the reason I do what I do, is because it makes me happy to create. I need to create. So having a very busy self-induced work schedule and being so productive, makes me happy. But I am a very introverted extrovert. I need a lot of time alone, but I also need quality time with my loves. I am starting to keep track of why I wanted to do this in the first place, and that is the actual physically design and production side. Anything else that really doesn’t fall into that category, I am trying to delegate.
Where do you see yourself in the next year? Personally or professionally-
I see myself getting more of my business side perfected. Delegating what I have too, making what I have too, and designing the things of my heart. I feel some sort of change coming along soon as far as my living/studio situation goes, but that’s a little abstract still to talk about.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Cigs and 40s and warehouse parties.
What little life luxury could you not live without?
My tools, my giant glorious bed, my electric face scrubber, sharp knives, toilet paper.
Favorite Denver haunts (for food, coffee, bevies, shops)?
Favorite coffee shop, Thump- its right across the street from my studio, so I am there almost every day. It’s quite literally the best coffee in Denver. It’s always crowded so it’s a very in and out place for me. If I’m going to meet someone for coffee, we go to Crema. Drinks – Tooeys on Colfax. Its v close to my house, its grungy and I love it. They play heavy metal or old school country, there is a pool table, big buck hunt, it feels like home. Or I go to Ft. Greene. Its kinda on the outskits, but it’s worth it. Eleonore the owner is a friend, so she always lets us put on funny parties there. It also has its own sense of style, not this bullshit that every new restaurant/bar/coffee shop in Denver tries to look like.
Food- I have two ridiculous cravings here in Denver. One - The breakfast burrito at Taco Del Mexico. Two - Spicy Chicken Ramen at Uncle in the Highlands. Mostly when I hang with my loves, we are always cooking.
Lastly. What life lesson do you live by?
Um, not to sound stupid but…
Work hard, Play hard.
Not my baby.