Basically everything we make is inspired by someone or something else. Jesse Bert interviewed by Klimt02
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I have heard it said before that there are very few new designs or ideas, that basically everything we make is inspired by some one or something else- that we just find new ways to “make-over” or re-use past designs or ideas. I would go along with that assessment, I think there is a lot of universal design influences in my work, especially from architecture and plant life-forms.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
I don't think jewelry is being any more standardized than it ever has been before. I live in Mexico and make my work here, people say that they can see design influence from the country and culture in my work. I can't pin-point it myself but its nice to hear people make some sort of connection with the work I make and “the place” where I choose to be creative. I have heard it said before that there are very few new designs or ideas, that basically everything we make is inspired by some one or something else- that we just find new ways to “make-over” or re-use past designs or ideas. I would go along with that assessment, I think there is a lot of universal design influences in my work, especially from architecture and plant life-forms.
What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
I expect surprise, I also expect that the public will be able to find a way to view the work that leads them to some familiar idea or connect, even if that means its leads them to think of a relationship to some other object or idea that has nothing to do with what I was thinking about when I made the piece.
Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
Yes, Woodworking and tool making are almost always present on some level in the execution of my work.
The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
The movie Hidden figures.
The book House of Rain by Craig Childs.
A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
The pieces that give me the most satisfaction are the ones that I feel embody a soul of their own carrying within them aspects of what I see, experience or feel in my life. Pieces give me even more satisfaction when I feel they meet my own personal standards and are very well executed.
Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I do not read jewelry Magazines. I get my information and inspiration by what surrounds me both on a daily basis or as I travel. Sometimes I also consult the internet when needed.
Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
I discuss my work with other friends that are jewelers, with my students, clients, and my parents.
What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
When I hear the word future I hope that I can continue living at least as comfortably as I do now for the rest of my life. I have no idea what to expect from the future, it all seems very uncertain to me.
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