4.5 minutes with nettie kent
1. what defines you (as an individual and/or designer)?
I have always held the belief that who you are is defined by what and who you surround yourself with, the community that you create. My community is full of artists and dreamers, cooks and scholars, hard workers, people who love, create and practice kindness, people who ask questions and seek out the answers. So I hope to be all these things and more so I can bring myself and contribute to my community.
2. who is your style muse?
I'm not sure I have one style muse, or even just 10, style to me is a vibe more then a look, its an ease with yourself, with your body and what you decorate your body with. I love a good late 60's/70's vibe, Jane, Brigitte, Francoise, Bianca, Edi, Grace, Debbie, Jimi- I mean who didn't look amazing in the 70's? Before everything was so mass produced and diluted by social media it was actually possible to have a unique individual style. Its harder now, sometimes it feels like everything has been discovered. But then I will see a girl or guy who just has it, that effortless cool that draws my eye and that is who I make my jewelry for, people who want that ease.
3. where do you draw inspiration from?
I have learned the hard way that I cannot force inspiration, if I am feeling uninspired I step away, even if its only for a few hours to take a walk or a few days to go to the beach. I have my best ideas when I am doing something else, that is why I always have a small sketchbook with me, to capture those ideas so that when I get back to the studio I can make them happen. I notice shapes, I think it must go back to my training as a painter. My sketch book is covered in these shapes and from some of them pieces of jewelry take form. My very first collection was very ocean/beach influenced and I think my work still reflects the beach bum in me but since moving to new york a few years ago my pieces have become more detailed and geometric, even my texture has evolved, it still has that same loose, organic quality but with an edge.
4. what piece you will wear most from your fall 2014 collection?
I haven't taken off my Callisto Studs since I made them. I love them because I don't have to ever think about them, I can keep them on whether I am working in the studio, surfing or sleeping. I think about jewelry all day everyday so I tend to just keep on my jewelry, my everyday pieces don't ever come off, that is why I design jewelry with comfort in mind, sure I make big statement pieces that are for fun nights out, but the everyday pieces are comfortable and classic, life is complicated enough, I like jewelry that is easy.
5. what’s your favorite place to retreat?
I grew up on Martha's Vineyard and it is still my first home, Brooklyn is my second. I love to come back to the island in the warmer months to go to the beach and surf and grill food with friends. When the season ends and the ocean gets cold its great to go for long beach walks and come home, make a fire in the fireplace and cook big meals and catch up on sleep.
6. who would be seated at your perfect round table dinner party (alive or deceased) and why?
Oh man , everyone I mentioned as my 70's style muses! I have such a fascination for that decade, the music, the fashion, the movements that revolved around both just seem so exciting and free, I would just love to hear stories, endless stories...
7. describe your perfect day?
Wake up to bright sunny skies, drink strong coffee and eat delicious food, spend the whole day surfing and the whole afternoon lying on a big beach blanket, napping and reading and eating cookies (chocolate chip) when the sun gets low, head to a cook out with my favorite people, sit outside, eating and talking all night. The great thing is that I pretty much had this day today!