Their brand new jewelry collection, Liberty, has just come out and it’s a hymn to nature’s bold beauty and its “protective power”. We sat down with innovative, “rebel” jewelry brand Meadowlark and its designers Claire Hammon and Greg Fromont to talk about their inspiration and creative drives.
If I say – spinning a famous quote by David Byrne on punk music – that “Jewelry is defined by an attitude rather than an aesthetic style”, do you agree?
Yes! I haven’t actually considered this angle before but being that jewellery is an add on to an outfit but also something you wear so close to your skin and sometimes you never take it off. I think it is definitely a more personal statement and attitude even if it’s a very quiet statement I think jewellery tells you a lot about a person.
Where do you find inspiration for your pieces?
We are inspired by everything and nothing – sometimes we are inspired by a plant, sometimes an idea will come from our imagination, sometimes it’s from just mindlessly playing with materials that spark an epiphany. We are always inspired by architecture, art, nature & fashion.
You embed influences from the punk era in your jewelry. Do you think jewels are still a “punk” thing in the way they can make a statement, express a feeling, trigger a reaction of some kind?
I do think jewellery can trigger reaction especially if the piece is very directional and unusual sometimes it can trigger a reaction of deep wanting. But in general I don’t think punk really exists anymore, the world is very commercial and to fight against the system doesn’t seem to be aligned with the way people dress these days.
What should a person feel when wearing your jewelry? Is there a message, a philosophy that you like to embed in your pieces?
I do hope our jewellery makes people feel a bit special, that the piece they choose to wear makes them feel stronger. I hope they wear it because it has meaning for them and they can feel that the piece has been made with a lot of care and soul.
If you look at your collections, is there a piece – or a specific array of pieces – that you consider “a classic”, your signature item?
We have a lot of classics and some are older but I like to think we are making future classics always. We do like to change things up and surprise rather than be known for one thing.