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  • Gem Gossip - Q & A with Jewelry Designer of COMMUNION by Joy

    Q & A with Jewelry Designer of COMMUNION by Joy

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    I used to spend hours on the Internet searching out the latest "undiscovered" talent in the jewelry world. It is one of my favorite things to do, along with showing my readers who I believe is the next big thing. Fortunately, Instagram has transformed the way we share and even search, with pictures telling stories and becoming a virtual resume or portfolio. I came across COMMUNION by Joy and loved her spiritual aesthetic. The texture that comes from her designs is both modern and vintage-looking at the same time! With COMMUNION having been worn by celebrities like Erin Wasson, Gia Mantenga, Kristina Guerrero and Lily Aldridge, I know I am not the only one who loves this line so much! I especially love that she uses the lost wax carving method to create her pieces.

    Want to know more about this new favorite designer of mine?! Check out the interview, with questions she answers just for Gem Gossip!

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    I am currently working on expanding my fine jewelry line. I love working with hardness gold and precious stones. I wanted to start creating pieces that withstood the test of time and I loved the idea of jewelry being passed on as precious heirlooms from generation to generation.

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    I have always loved art since I was a child. I studied some art history in college and dabbled in painting and drawing. My calling for jewelry design came when I worked at an art gallery and realized that I wanted to be the artist and not just work for the artist.

    After work, I started taking lost-wax carving classes at night in Santa Monica to fill my creative cup and I was hooked! I loved creating each of my pieces by hand using this ancient technique and the idea of being able to sculpt anything I wanted was exciting! When I sit and carve I feel a spirit take over me and I get lost in the process, it is a beautiful meditative experience. I essentially drip and build up wax then carve away at the design with dental tools, files and sandpaper.

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    I have been designing and making jewelry for over 8 years and my proudest moment was about 3 years ago when I felt I had developed my style and was ready to show the world my art! I did my first trade show 3 years ago and haven't looked back!

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    I have a goal to open up a studio/ retail space, where I can curate beautiful hand-crafted artisan high-end jewelry and also have an apothecary inside the store. I am in love with organic oils and perfumes!

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    My favorite piece of jewelry is my 'Eternal Love' band. I hand carved the ring in wax and I made it in 14K rose gold, the diamonds in the band are from my mother's engagement ring and wedding bands. It's very special to me and I wear it with my wedding rings. I feel close to my mother when I wear it.

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  • Cosmic College Interview - The Magic Makers /// COMMUNION by Joy

    "There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision.
    The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe." 

    > Pierre Teilhard de Chardin <

    <<< A conversation with Joy Smith // The Magic Maker behind Communion by Joy Smith >>>

    How did the story of 'Communion by Joy Smith' begin? What lead you to this work?

     I have always loved art since I was a child. I studied some art history in college and dabbled in painting and drawing. My calling for jewelry design came when I worked at an art gallery and realized that I wanted to be the artist and not just work for the artist. 


    Can you tell me more about that? How/when/where did you learn the ancient practice of lost-wax carving? What spoke to your soul about using this method in particular?



    After work, I started taking lost-wax carving classes at night in Santa Monica to fill my creative cup and I was hooked!
    I loved creating each of my pieces by hand using this ancient technique and the idea of being able to sculpt anything I wanted was exciting! When I sit and carve I feel a spirit take over me and I get lost in the process, it is a beautiful meditative experience.
    I essentially drip and build up wax then carve away at the design with dental tools, files and sandpaper.


    What inspire you?

     How do you keep the creative fire burning?

    I look for inspiration in nature and the mystery beyond the veil of life. This is a feeling I try to capture with my designs. My pieces are laden with symbolism and intention.

    When I give my attention to life around me inspiration follows me everywhere I go. I love ritual and symbolism, the obvious symbolism is my take on wings or feathers. The clippings of wings in my collection are meant to embody the essence of protection needed on your journey for self-discovery. I find my inspiration communing with the spirit in nature, animals and people.
    I love to make jewelry that carries an energy of inner-strength and contains the power from the design or the stones I set into them.  


     My process for keeping the creative fire going is by connecting to people and their stories.
     
    Mediating before creating your pieces is an important part of your process. How does your experience with mediation contribute to your  life and work?  


    I am a student of the sacred arts (folk magic) and many of my designs and inspirations stem from this practice of magic.  I do my mantra meditation/ prayers in the morning which helps ground me and connects me to the spirit. I go over all things  I am grateful for which helps me open up my heart and clear my mind. Also, I do most of my creative work in the early morning when it is still and silent.


    Besides meditation do you have any other rituals that feed your soul and nourish your spirit?


    Yes, I practice bhakti yoga, which is yoga of the heart. A union through love and devotion to the Spirit and practicing being present in all your relationships. Each vinyasa is a prayer with your body and you devote your practice to the spirit or someone you feel needs it.

    I also do kirtan chanting, which is a form of prayer and meditation for me. It's chanting Gods name or whatever you resonate with that represents a higher spirit. It is the fastest way for me to connect to the source where all inspiration, healing and love flows.
    My favorite kirtan artists are Krishna das and Govindas and Radha. 

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    Being a mother and an artist what lessons or examples do you hope to pass on to your daughter about work, art, LIFE?


    I hope to pass along that art and life are about living in the present and that having a relationship with spirit is important to help you get through life's hard times and the good ones as well.

    To listen to your heart before the thoughts in your mind, your heart will always guide you in the right direction.
    It's okay to make mistakes and to mess up, I create my best work this way.
    Don't even try be or look perfect, be who you are flaws and all because imperfection is beautiful!!
    Always be open, never judge and to give and receive!

    Can you talk a little bit about the new collection?


    The Warrior and Guardian Collection embodies the essence of protection needed on your journey for self discovery.  It represents your inner strength and the protection of the spirit. They are talismans infused with the highest vibrations to protect us on our journey in life!


    Now lets talk about this gorgeous look book! What was the spirit or essence that you wanted to capture for the look book? 

    The essence of the look book represents the magic of the feminine.

    A woman who is a warrior of the spirit and stands in her power to reach the world.
    Her style is timeless and she is every woman.
    She is a modern mystic.
    Women who wear Communion have a strong sense of self and portray that in their style. They consist of women who have a penchant for art, travel and the spirit of life. 

    COMMUNION is the act of sharing one's thoughts and emotions with another or others; intimate converse.
     
    This is what I do as an artist, I share my emotions and thoughts with my customers and hope they can feel my essence in each piece.
     
    I am fortunate enough to own a piece of Joy's pieces and I can say with all my heart that there is a magic, strong femininity, and a radiant light that emanates from her jewelry. I have worn my Mini Warrior Pendant for weeks straight because I feel a sense of beauty and peace whenever I wear it. 
    It truly is a talisman.

    >>> It is an great and humble honor to debut Communion by Joy's first look book for The Warrior & Guardian Collection<<<
     
    All my love and infinite gratitude to Joy for speaking to us not only through her words but also through her beautiful and thoughtful work.
     
    Find more of Communion by Joy:
    >> Website <<
    >> Instagram <<
     
    With love, 
    Alice

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