Lindsay Walker incorporates clean lines and sophistication in her eponymous handmade jewelry collection. This is the kind of collection that has just enough diversity for the pieces to stand alone as statement pieces. Yet, when you see them together, as you can in Lindsay’s latest lookbook, they work so well together that you’ll be compelled to pick up more than one piece. Seriously, if Lindsay can make a bolo look modern and chic, there’s nothing she can’t do! Enjoy getting to know this talented artist in our latest Handmade Profile. Afterward, do the right thing and visit the Walker Jewelry shop for yourself.
What inspired you to begin your handmade jewelry collection?
I was initially inspired by all of the old train bridges that I saw in Nashville. I wanted to combine the architectural lines that I saw with sustainable materials choices and methods to create a jewelry collection that would compliment the body.
Describe your creative process. Where do you start?
I usually start with one or two subjects that interest me. When I was designing my bolo tie collection I looked towards teddy boy and rocker subculture fashion and also David Lynch’s movie, Blue Velvet. Sometimes I work on designs for years until I think that they are finished and then I keep it in the collection or let the design continue to evolve.
How do you maintain your creative drive?
I try and travel when I get the chance, visit art and design museums, and learn new techniques for making jewelry.
What materials do you love to use?
Precious metals, especially silver. I have been working with more stones as of late, as I’ve always been an avid rock collector.
Every product has a story. Is there a story behind one of your pieces that stands out to you?
The May Ring is a double finger ring. It’s ridiculously simple in its design, and slightly dainty for a knuckle ring. I always feel strong when I’m wearing it. I made it in May, while I was going through a tough breakup, and I always tell people that it’s a ring for the independent woman, and its good for punching. (joking)
Do you have a dream collaborator?
I’m a huge fan of PS Kaufman footwear. They make very tough, quality boots that are also sustainable. I get compliments from strangers all the time when I wear their boots, and I usually explain to people that the toes and soles are made from recycled tires.
What are some of the challenges that you face as a maker?
My challenges as a maker are keeping a balance throughout the year. Allocating my time to design, manufacture and promote my work is a lot to handle.
How do you use social media and blogging to promote your work?
I rely on Instagram all the time for sales and promotion. It’s also been a great way to meet other creative people out there.
Where do you see your handmade jewelry collection going?
I would like to put out a new collection every year that is a collaboration project with other artists working in diverse disciplines, while making custom pieces for engagements and weddings. I enjoy the thought of being a local jeweler who is involved in the community and making work that will be based onto further generations.
What are you working on right now?
At the moment I’m working on a collection of classic rings. Signet rings and the like, as well, I’m collaborating with a woodworker to make a collection of fine jewelry made with wood.