This interview with Haley Holeman has always been one of our favorite archived gems! It was originally posted back in October and it’s full of inspiration! Enjoy!
“Diversity is the spice of life. And mixed media is a visual and tactile feast,” says young jewelry designer Haley Holeman, a 2008 Saul Bell Design Award Emerging Artist winner. Haley mixes media in many of her vibrant jewelry designs, everything from Argentium® Silver with glass and sanded stingray leather (used in her award-winning necklace) to metal clay, glass and enamel (a yummy combination shown in her pendants).
I chatted with Haley recently about her use of mixed media in jewelry design.
Shelby Chant: Do you consider yourself a “mixed media” artist? What do you like about using mixed media in your work?
Haley Holeman: Like everything beautiful, jewelry is a combined effort. Masterpieces are conceived by those who are willing to dive into the mud, pull out handfuls of whatever they can grab, and fashion them in an artful and pleasing way. Mixed media eschews tradition and forges new innovative paths. Considering the infinite possibilities of mixed media, it is a title I happily embrace.
SC: What does mixed media, and having these various talents, bring to a piece?
HH: New forms of juxtaposition keep my work from becoming bland. It is through these unique elements that my creations come to life, and obtain their own beating heart, like a creature sprung from the pages of Mary Shelley!
SC: What’s your favorite combination?
HH: Lampwork glass, sterling silver and enamel are the three favorite elements that I incorporate into my jewelry. I find glass in all forms endlessly intriguing—gazing through an icy clear surface into a world of color, the various abstract forms mingling like clouds; each piece has its own abstract interpretation.
SC: What’s next?
HH: Casting glass, resins and laser-cutting fabrics are all frontiers I’d like to explore. Evolution is a continual process, and if one’s work ever gets too stagnant it’s time to retire the workbench. Recently I’ve taken up wax carving and casting in metal—the process has certainly kept me on my toes!