Q & A
1. How did you come up with the name Maple + Mauve?
I once read a story in a children's factoid flip-book about William Perkin's accidental invention of the color mauve while mixing chemicals. I liked that a beautiful color was created by chance and then went on to inspire, and in a way revolutionize fashion. I found that optimism inspiring and wanted to have the same approach with my products. I thought "mauve" seemed lonely by itself and maple just sounded good.
2. What or whom inspires you?
I am constantly inspired by elements of the Northwest. It is a beautiful area and there is always something new and interesting going on. Generally speaking, travel, architecture and food inspire me, but I am also fortunate enough to be surrounded by an incredibly talented group of friends, from whom I pull a lot of daily inspiration (and encouragement!)
3. Do you have a favorite piece that you have designed?
Probably my diamond concrete necklace. I love how graphic it is and the way it hangs. To piggyback off of that, the diamond drop earrings (or "The Rachel") are next in line. PS. They look great together.
4. What is most unique, in your opinion, about your jewelry?
Concrete as a medium.
5. What made you decide to use jewelry as your medium?
Probably the scale. I have limited space but can still have my studio in my apartment - which is ideal when I want to have reruns of Friends on in the background. Or if I realize I need to catch up on laundry while I wait for my castings to dry.
6. What made you decide to make to make jewelry out of concrete, wood and ceramics?
I used to work as a designer at an architecture firm where concrete and wood are used, the majority of the time, in very large quantities and on large scales. It was there where I became interested in creating scaled down, distilled versions of design ideas that I could personally create from start to finish. It’s an incredible way for me to experience architectural materials and allows a more physical connection to my designs. I started taking pottery classes in elementary school and I have always found working with clay very therapeutic. I added my ceramic line in 2014 because I was craving the speed that working with clay allows. I was also looking to implement some subtle color into my otherwise monochrome line.
7. If you could describe your jewelry in one word or phrase what would that be?
“Curious elevations of simple materials.”
8. If there was one thing you wanted people to know about your shop what would be?
I am always looking for customer feedback!
9. Do you prefer making one object over another?
My favorite thing to make are my earrings. When I pop those bad boys out of their molds, a strange maternal instinct overcomes me. Like, "Wow! You're here! Welcome to the world! I made you and you're beautiful!"
10. If there was one thing you wanted to tell people about your jewelry what would that be?
I really care about it. I have always believed the design process should be just as valuable as the end product, and creating my pieces is a very considered process. I think it is important to learn about where each piece came from and how it came to be. I enjoy the amount of thought and care that has gone into each item and hope my customers feel the same way.