¬† Designer‚Äôs daughter turns her talents to jewelry display.
¬†[dropcap cap=JOHN PAUL] has always had a unique take on the world around him. A bachelor‚Äôs degree in metalsmithing, two apprenticeships with designer jewelers, and a friendship with a grouchy blacksmith led to a design sensibility that combines blacksmithing techniques with precious metals. He sells his own designs out of a retail space constructed of lava rock and mortar.
So it‚Äôs no surprise that Paul approaches jewelry display from a diff erent angle as well. He grew up in an auctioneering family and developed a love for unappreciated found objects. ‚ÄúI like to use objects that have a shape or texture that‚Äôs reminiscent of the jewelry,‚ÄĚ he says.
Today, he uses such objects to showcase his jewelry, giving each piece plenty of space.
‚ÄúThere was a gallery in Portland I used to go into that had amazing jewelry, but it was so overwhelming to look at, the jewelry became more of a commodity,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúEach of my pieces feels like a work in its own right, and it needs space to breathe and exist on its own.‚ÄĚ¬†‚ÄĒ STORY BY TRACE SHELTON[/dropcap]
[h3]Idea One [/h3]
SPRING ‚ÄúThis is just a coil spring with a perfectly rusted patina.‚ÄĚ
[h3]Idea Two [/h3]
GEAR¬†‚ÄúI‚Äôm into old steel objects and I‚Äôm nuts about circles. The repetitive pattern of the gear is nice. I‚Äôve fl ipped it over where the gear‚Äôs the base and have
mounted the socket on top ‚ÄĒ any way to display the same objects in diff erent ways.‚ÄĚ
SMART SHOW BADGES ‚ÄúAn employee talked me into taking her to the Smart Show. So I put this display together for Amy. And I wanted customers to see that we‚Äôre furthering our education, expertise and passion for our industry.‚ÄĚ
¬†BOTTLE ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a vintage bottle 1 of blue tincture that was in the basement of the apothecary where I got my showcases. It‚Äôs a beautiful bottle and label, and it‚Äôs 120 years old.‚ÄĚ
WOOD ‚ÄúThis piece of wood 2 has a lot of limbs I can drape necklaces on.‚ÄĚ
COFFEE BEANS ‚ÄúThese are unroasted, raw, organic coff ee beans 1 from my friend‚Äôs shop, which I used to cover the bottom of these vintage showcases that I bought from a 1950s apothecary store.‚ÄĚ
STEEL DISCS 2 ‚ÄúI had these cut at a steel fab shop; they are 1/8-inch steel discs that are 15 inches in diameter. All my cases feature three discs on the lower shelf on the coff ee bean fi eld, so there‚Äôs continuity. Then there‚Äôs a particular composition within each case that‚Äôs more intimate.‚ÄĚ
TAP HANDLE 3 ‚ÄúThis was used for threading steel. It was a gift from a friend who is a machinist. I came to work one day and found it outside my door with a note: ‚ÄėI saw this and thought of you.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
DRIFTWOOD: 4 ‚ÄúA friend found it on the Oregon coast. The pendant resting on top of it is made of granite from a nearby mountain I hiked.‚ÄĚ
ELK VERTEBRA ‚ÄúThis display is a single elk vertebra that‚Äôs been bleached. It has so many spots to catch stuff on. Rather than stand my
cuff s on a fl at surface, which isn‚Äôt very stable, this is the right height and shape, and now you can see the cuff s and how they might look on your wrist.‚ÄĚ
[h4]‚ÄúI like to use objects that have a shape or texture that‚Äôs reminiscent of the jewelry.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ JOHN PAUL[/h4]
[span class=note]This story is from the¬†September-October 2010 edition of INDESIGN[/span]