Walker Jewelry is on the move! Quite literally on the move to a new space located in a historic factory town, Old Hickory. Still in Nashville, just North of the city and East of Madison. I was drawn to the area a year ago while driving through it on my way to North Carolina, I saw lamp post lighting on a quaint Main Street and I thought "that would be a great place to be!" My new home will feature a gallery space and plenty of room for studio production as well as a large, covered side porch for endless hours of sand casting. Stay tuned for updates on opening hours and, most importantly, a Spring Opening Party!
I really enjoy the opportunity to make custom wedding bands for people; especially when they have some family jewelry to use in the process. Gold is a great material, it lasts literally for centuries and can be melted down and made new over and over again.
This ring belonged to Adam Stater's grandmother and he wanted to use her ring as an homage to her life and to his future with his fiancé.
After carefully taking out the diamond for future use, I cleaned the ring and melted it in a crucible and poured it into a sand mold. The style of the ring is organic, slightly rounded and bevelled on the inside for a comfortable fit.
One of the main reasons that I make jewelry is for the stories. Jewelry, has the ability to carry not only monetary value, especially if it's made from gold and other precious metals and gems, but it also has the ability to hold memories and feelings. Even if the jewelry is transformed into something different, the sentimental significance can never be taken away, but it can be carried on in the objects that we adorn ourselves with.
I enjoy creating jewelry that comes from a personal place because oftentimes that feeling is carried on to the next person. My experiences and desires come together to create jewelry that is relatable because we are all connected by the same threads of meaning.
Historically rings have held special meaning in cultures. In ancient Rome wealthy landowners were permitted to wear gold rings to signify their rank and status. Freedmen were only allowed to wear silver rings, but would often paint their gold rings black, as a symbol of their own value without fear of rebuke from the law.
Symbolic meanings of jewelry and rings change and vary depending upon the culture and time, but the consistent thread for jewelry wearing is that the object becomes personal and significant throughout time and experience. We feel connected to objects, and we always have been. Ancient man was adorned wth jewelry first before any other accessory or fashion was created.
The historical and present sigificance of ring wearing fuels my creative drive. I always enjoy making custom wedding rings for people, and for awhile now I have been motivated to use the same techniques for making jeweled and signet rings for men and women. Walker Jewelry is releasing a few styles at a time.
Every ring is sand casted in my studio from sterling silver, bronze, and gold, and are finished in different styles. Various gems are being used and include citrine, ruby, and garnet. Rings also come with their vary own antique ring box which I've been collecting feverishly. Many of these celluloid ring boxes were made in the 50's for jewelers and all include a Made in USA stamp on the back. Take a look at some of my pieces in the gallery below!
The Nashville Fashion Alliance held its first local designer market, called the Wardrobe Project at Track One last Saturday. The inspiration for the market came from Caroline Margaret's instagram feed @nashvillewardrobeproject, which showcases Nashville's designers. The market hosted Nashville fashion and accessory designers from a variety of backgrounds and styles. The vibe was similar to Dover Street Market in New York as many designers collaborated with local artists to create magical environments for their work.
I contacted my friend, Erin Murphy, who paints amazing abstract art and landscapes shortly after receiving word that Walker Jewelry would be apart of the market. I have been wanting to collaborate with her on a project for some time and this opportunity provided the perfect chance to do so.
The results were great to experience, and I felt like my jewelry had found its home in Erin's art installation. Check out the pictures of Erin's landscape installation here, which was inspired by Tennessee limestone rock and landscapes.
Sketch by Erin Murphy