JESS HANNAH

EVERLANE_jesshannah-5CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

JH: I would say my pieces are pretty minimal. I love clean lines and nothing too embellished.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

JH: I draw inspiration from architecture and graphic design mostly. I also am greatly inspired by other artists.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

JH: I keep a notebook with me at all times. My ideas for pieces can come to me at the most random times- I like to be able to sketch something down and look back on it later. I don’t really have a process, I just envision something and then bring it to life.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

JH: I think there is a bit of a lack of education when it comes to fine jewelry. I would love for people to really understand the value of fine jewelry. I use solid 14k gold to create heirloom quality pieces that will hold their value forever and are meant to stay in your family generation after generation. I create jewelry for how it should be worn- never taken off. And I intend for each piece to have special meaning to the wearer.

1CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

JH: I love not having a typical 9-5 job. My schedule is extremely flexible but at the same time it is very hectic and can be hard to manage time. My iCal is my best friend.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

JH: It really depends on the task. Generally I am pretty organized but sometimes you just gotta do what feels right.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

JH: Stay true to your aesthetic. I see people that change their designs to suit what the public wants but that just ends up diluting their brand and their designs ends up looking generic.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

JH: YES. It’s what makes you unique.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

JH: Managing my time.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

JH: There are so many things to love! I love being able to wake up everyday and do what I am passionate about.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

JH: I am truly inspired by a lot of my friends. Especially the ladies that are pursuing their passions.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

JH: I am a huge tech nerd! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for technology and social media, thats for sure.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

JH: A little differently, yes. But I know a lot of creative people who pursue their passions after their 9-5 job. We are all creative in our own way.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

JH: Yes! San Francisco will always have a special place in my heart- my best friends live there.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

JH: The most recent book I read was the Happiness Project– just reading it puts you in a better mood.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

JH: I am coming out with new pieces in a week!

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

JH: It means pursuing your craft and creating art everyday.

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