10 Aug Artist Spotlight Q&A with Terry Vedder, Jewelry Designer
When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?
I have always had my hands in some kind of artistic activities. I was born in 1948 in Pennsylvania and grew up in a family with four brothers. I attended business schools both in Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Ohio and then I worked for Neiman-Marcus for over 30 years in South Florida and Charlotte. Not until after college, did I really recognize my talents to see things that others did not. After trying several mediums, I reached the point that I am today with jewelry.
Describe your aesthetic in 3 words..
Classic, Inspired, Fun
Describe your artistic process and preparation?
The process for me is the selection of materials and keeping up with fashion. Finding materials and blending them together to have unique and unusual combinations are my guides and inspire me. I use mainly natural materials: semi-precious, coral, pearls and minerals, mostly organic materials. I work them into necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Favorite piece you’ve created to date and why?
I have done a few new pieces using soft wire that will hold a shape for a necklace. It is so different from the soft drape you usually think of.
Which is your favorite stone?
I do like coral and turquoise because they’re forever fresh and of course, pearls for their luster and timelessness. I have created various works which reflect my love of combining elements of coral, turquoise, a variety of quartz and agate, crystal, wood and ceramics in my pieces. I love working with textures that play off of each other as I feel they enhance and balance the piece creating distinctive looks that are truly unique.
Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?
Karl Lagerfeld, Dina Mackney, Delores Forsythe, Iris Apfel, Thierry Mugler, John Galliano.
Biggest accomplishment to date?
Having my work at Coffey & Thompson in the public view and challenging myself beyond the private client world.
Favorite location to create/ what is your studio like?
Ideas and inspiration come at any time..it’s just imperative to keep a notebook close by. I always create in my studio which is awash with materials all around me and completed pieces. I also have a small showroom to meet with clients as the studio can be too overwhelming for them.
A random fact about you?
I absolutely love floral arranging!
One thing you couldn’t live without?
Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?
Cartier, Van Cleef and Apfel, Bvlgari.
Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years?
I would like to have all my jewelry with my insignia/logo on them..the Fleur de Lys.