Jill Herlands interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 21.09.2017
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Jill Herlands. Ring: Wrapped Silver Ring, 2017. Sterling silver.. 2.54 x 0.6 cm. Photo by: Jill Herlands. Jill Herlands
Ring: Wrapped Silver Ring, 2017
Sterling silver.
2.54 x 0.6 cm
Photo by: Jill Herlands
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I don’t follow trends and instead, view the metal as a sculptural material where experimentation of technique can lead to new discoveries. The reaction from the consumer to my work is emotional.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
I believe that post mid-century jewelry has always been standardized, and that there is too much mass marketed jewelry and too many women following what others are wearing instead of showing off their unique selves. Single edition or one-off jewelry is coming into its own and is now valued for its uniqueness and art-like quality. My work has always been about what moves me, what inspires and elicits emotion. I don’t follow trends and instead, view the metal as a sculptural material were experimentation of technique can lead to new discoveries. The reaction from the consumer to my work is emotional.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
I thoroughly enjoy watching the expressions of others when they view my work for the first time. They are at once captivated and in awe, not being able to contain their enthusiasm. And once they pick up a piece and try it on, they always comment that it’s more comfortable than they thought and how great it feels to “pull off” wearing jewelry like this.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
I am a jewelry artist.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
The city of New York has always moved me. I have lived here all my life, but each day brings something new to see and inspire. It’s like living in cities within a city; no matter where you go, there’s something around the corner that you’ve never seen before.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Rachael Gera.

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
Any piece where I experimented with the technique or materials gives me the most satisfaction. Such as the concrete and silver rings.  I get the most pleasure when I experiment with new materials and the lightweight cement has been one of those materials.  I have been able to achieve results not imagined, and the look and feel still evokes a sense of excitement and awe that the experiment led to a workable discovery.

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I get most of my information from the many sites that I am a member of, such as SNAG, Crafthaus, Ganoksin, WJA, KLIMT02.

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
I have never been the type of woman who “chit chat’s” with others about what I do.  I am often asked about my work by other artists, and I will occasionally share a technique I’ve developed, but beyond that, I am happiest behind my bench solo, with the torch in my hand.

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future? What do you expect for?
Art-jewelry is at its beginning, and my belief is that the category will grow quickly. Creating art-jewelry is like being a sculptor; your canvas is vast and your tools are endless. When I launched my company in 2014, art-jewelry wasn’t a concept, and others were in awe of what I was creating, having never seen anything like it before. In the past few years, I have seen art-jewelry grow tremendously and I expect that it will continue to grow and become more of a stand-alone category of jewelry, just as fine and costume jewelry are their own categories.