I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with these two very talented brothers. This collab was high on my bucket list. If you’re not familiar with their art be sure to check them out, and you’ll know why I was itching to work with these guys! I think our styles worked together quite well, can you tell who worked on which part? This pendant is currently listed in more detail and available for purchase at Nick’s Etsy shop.
I recently reached Nick and Merrick after our collaboration and asked them to answer a few questions about their work so that my subscribers could get to know a little more about some of the amazing talent in the community right now.
How did you get into making jewelry?
Merrick: I first got into gemstones and minerals. I enjoyed going rockhounding and digging for crystals and I was studying art in College. Painting/Photography/Drawing and Ceramics didn’t quite click with me and I began making very simple art on the side with wire and stones. It was a hobby that I didn’t even know could be profitable. It snowballed and eventually people would ask to buy pieces i’d post on FB. That helped pay for better materials which allowed me to grow and eventually charge more and more for my work as I refined my style.
Nick: I started collecting stones in high school and fell in love with crystals. When I started seeing wire wraps I was fascinated by what I saw, I loved the idea of raw stones in jewelry. When I saw that one of my childhood friends had started I asked for a few tips and went from there. At first I looked at peoples work who had been doing it a while and had no idea how anyone could make something look like that, but through time and practice, and a lot of failure I carved out a little niche for myself.
What inspires your style and motivates you to create?
Merrick: I’m inspired by a lot of the other wire artists, not to mention painters and flow artists. I love seeking inspiration in nature too. Organic shapes in naturesuch as a twisting vine also inspire me to create. I’m motivated by a lot of artists who are pushing the art form further and further.
Nick: There were so many artists that inspired me along the way, but it was really all about finding what was appealing in asymmetry. The curves of plants, or the veins in leaves. I love the shape of sea shells. Nature has been my largest inspiration i would say.
Where would you like to see your work going in the future, or what is the next big thing that you’re personally excited about?
Merrick: I have high expectations for myself to continue experimenting and making things that previously didn’t exist. I see so many artists emulating each other (which I have been guilty of in the past), but we have all collectively only scratched the surface of what is possible. I can’t wait to try new techniques and make truly unique pieces of art. I’m excited to try and incorporate some kinetic elements in my work! that’s been on my mind lately.
Nick: I have been putting a lot of thought into how this will blossom into a true career recently. FB has been an amazing outlet for me, and such an incredible platform to make room for the young entrepreneur. I would love to move away from this “scene” to areas such as galleries and store fronts. I am excited to see where this goes in the next few years. Until this I will try my best to continue to grow and push the boundaries of what I think is possible for myself.
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