Do you remember when Madonna sang about being a material girl living in a material world? Well, shucks, that’s me, too! I’m increasingly a material girl living in a material world ... except I don’t mean it quite as Madonna meant it.
I meant it as a world where I’m encountering and engaging new materials and new words in my vocabulary like substrates — which are base materials, such as metal or wood, that an artist adds something to, such as paint.
I love materials! They kick open doors to possibilities in design and making things. In fact, one day I heard myself say out loud, long before I started making jewelry, that I wanted to be a “master of materials.” I have no idea where that thought came from, but I promptly got to work pursuing it.
I love cross-pollinating materials to see what comes of them as I design and hand-make things. Lately I’ve been working with lots of resin, paints, pigments, inks, cement and concrete — and you will see these materials in my new Jean Williams Studio Home, a collection that I’m very excited to bring you. It’s been a long time coming. But as they say in Field Of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.”
Well, I’ve been building! I have added handmade housewares to Jean Williams Studio alongside my jewelry offerings. Ultimately, I will add fashion accessories and publications. All created by yours truly!
Some people may say Jean of All Trades/Master of None. Hmmm. I wonder if they said that about Paul Gauguin, Picasso or Alexander Calder. All multidisciplinary artists – polymaths. So, yeah, for me it’s not the medium that’s the point. It’s the creativity itself. I will create in almost any medium where there is the possibility I can.
Jean Williams Studio Home demonstrates the execution of the notion that I could do housewares. I’m digging the outcome as my little starter kit of bigger (literally!) things to come! To start, I’m rolling out 10 offerings, ranging from coasters to planters. I incorporated resin, inks, pigments, paints, cement and metal. I’ll be adding more items in the days to come, and I am so excited at the prospect of what might appear in the collection, as much of it has taken me by surprise!
My philosophy is: it’s really the little things that make a house a home — your photos in just the perfect frame; curios that reflect your interests, tastes, inside jokes and values; three-dimensional wall art that makes a pronounced statement; or, something that magically captures the sun and brings it into your home or garden.
Jean Williams Studio Home aims to offer you an array of dynamic possibilities to add those personal flourishes to your sanctuary. I hope you find something here that helps you make your home uniquely comfortable and endearing to you and yours!