An interview with the founder of Seaworthy Jewellery, Marisa Howard
Founder of Seaworthy Marisa Howard started her journey with a spring 2011 collection, inspired by late 70s/early 80s Vogue covers and ancient Egyptian adornment. Her new collection will be featured in March, with preliminary showings at Capsule in Las Vegas and New York in February.
Please tell me about the creative process that went into your current collection. What techniques were used?
We use a variety of traditional metal working processes – from hand-fabricating to wax castings. We also incorporate natural fibres and domestic-made chains.
What is your favourite aspect of the job? Are there any negatives?
Creating new designs and collaborating with boutiques by far are my two favourite parts. The only negative is there’s a lot of hard work, but I believe that hard work is good work.
Which of your current designs is your favourite?
I wear the Amante earrings pretty much every day and two of the Curva knuckle rings. I am most proud of the Curador bracelet and the Espina necklace from the last collection.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Ruth Asawa. Actually, I just wish I could have observed her in action. Her pieces have a sea-life element to them that is so lovely. I’d like to work with an architect; a lot of my work is structural and it would be so inspiring to collaborate on something large scale and functional.
What is your one fashion vice?
Shoes and bracelets.
What are your favourite items to design and why?
My favourite pieces to design are the more complex and intricate statement pieces. I like trying to create something that will bring a look together – a signature piece.
What are your favourite eras for design?
Art Deco, ancient Egyptian and industrial.
Would you say your work is directed at a particular trend or group of people?
I know my audience well and I make jewellery for them, but I also try to take them out of their comfort zones a little bit each season.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
This career has been the most fulfilling for me so far. It uses all sides of my personality and skills. In a way, it has brought me the closest to my true self. I know I’m heading in a good direction.
Do you have a team working with you to help manage the brand?
Yes, I do. I have two very talented production assistants.
How do you feel fashion/jewellery can affect an individual’s image and/or self-esteem?
If you wear something because it makes you feel good, then absolutely yes it can. Fashion is just another form of self-expression. Each outfit is an opportunity.
Have you any plans for the future? When can we expect your next collection and where do you hope to be in five years?
As far as the future goes, I just hope to continue to learn and grow as a designer, to continue to build and nurture a happy customer base and to provide careers for talented and smart people.
Photos: Courtesy of Marisa Howard
For further information on the collections, visit the Seaworthy Website.