Communion - noun. The act of sharing one's thoughts an emotions with another or others; Intimate converse.
I met Joy this past fall and we hit it off. She is a ray of positive energy! I knew who she was because I was a fan of her designs. Now, I own a Communion piece of my very own that is a part of my daily ring stack. And Joy was kind enough to let me interview her.
Since Joy was a child, she always loved art. She studied art history in college and dabbled in painting and drawing. Her calling for jewelry design came when she worked at an art gallery and decided her passion was to become an artist. As she was exploring her artistic side she started lost-wax carving classes and became hooked. She loved the idea of being able to sculpt anything she wanted. Her brand. Communion, empowers strength with feminine elegance. It's modern vintage with a bit of bohemian flair. Joy radiates this from her style in clothing to her personality. She is her brand.
The process: "Making jewelry for me is not only an artistic practice, it's also a spiritual one."
She sorts our her thoughts and feelings in her work - they become a part of her designs. Before getting started on a piece she allows herself to meditate, allowing herself to be used as a creative vessel. The ideas come to her as she carves and she makes several abstract pieces. When they are done she meditates again and gives the design a name.
The Inspiration: "I look for inspiration in nature and the mystery beyond the veil of life. This is a feeling I am trying to capture with my designs."
When Joy gives her attention to the life around her, inspiration follows. She loves ritual and symbolism. She finds inspiration communing with the spirit in nature, animals and people. She loves to make jewelry that carries an energy of inner-strength and contains the power from the design or stones she sets into them. Her process for keeping the creative fire going is by connecting to people and their stories.
Joy's favorite design currently is her 'Enlightened Shaman' ring. It's inspired by a Navajo Prayer. It reminds her to see past the veil of life and walk in beauty as a warrior.
As I Walk with Beauty
As I walk, as I walk
The universe is walking with me
In beauty it walks before me
In beauty it walks behind me
In beauty it walks below me
In beauty it walks above me
Beauty is on every side
As I walk, I walk with Beauty.
Joy's favorite artists are Balthus, Joni Mitchell and Picasso. When she isn't designing she practices yoga and dines with friends and family.
Her current favorite song is 'Case of You' by Joni Mitchell and her current favorite band is Fleetwood Mac.
What's next for Communion? "Expanding my fine line collection to add one-of-a-kind rings and necklaces with my favorite stones, turquoise, opals, moonstones, pink sapphires and raw diamonds."