Thursday, November 11, 2010

Craft Riot Vendor: Diamonds and Guns

Give a brief product description
Diamonds and Guns by Action Jackson jewelry incorporates an array of components including Swarovski crystals, vintage findings, laser cut wood and acrylic, lucite filigree, and brightly colored kitschy elements. The line is characterized by a dichotomy reflected in the name that combines rough rock and roll elements with all things dainty, classic, and ladylike. 

How did you get started
Like most other crafters/designers/artists out there, I started by making jewelry for myself and my friends!

Where do you get your inspiration?
Fashion, music, art, niche aesthetics. I think it's dangerous and inhibiting for creators to limit what they derive inspiration from. I'm inspired by beautiful designs I come across in magazines, punk rock and goth music and style, 1920s-1950s fashion, old Hollywood, 20th century art, pin up girls, comic books, the list goes on. Colors in general are inspiring to me as well, which is part of the reason I love working with crystals—the array of colors available is more extensive than you'd think.

Describe your workspace/workroom.

I fantasize constantly about having a workroom devoted to making jewelry and neatly storing supplies. On Apartment Therapy, I've seen innovative ideas about using cut-out spaces as work rooms, and they're completely practical for small apartments. As is though, I currently have a rolling storage case and a dining room table that work well enough… and an understanding roommate who doesn't complain when I leave a mess on the table.

What has been your favorite winter holiday gift to make or receive?

     I've painted a pair of slip-on Vans for a few of my close friends over the years. The artwork is usually Americana tattoo art, comic book art, or a combination of the two. Everyone who's received them gets lots of wear and tear (after all, they are comfy), not to mention tons of compliments.

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