A Q&A with Designer Liz Law

Independent jewelry designer Liz Law

Liz Law Jewelry honors the past while celebrating the present, rendering pieces that are unique yet always wearable. The Los Angeles-based designer often incorporates vintage baubles and themes into her work, reinterpreting them into modern motifs. Liz finds great beauty and intrigue in finding new ways to join the old and the new, and explores other visual juxtapositions in her work as well. She carefully designs each piece in her L.A. studio, using a myriad of materials including sterling silver, 14k gold fill, bronze, Swarovski crystal, and the occasional vintage treasure. Luckily for us, Liz Law has been a Visible Interest designer since we launched.  We recently asked Liz a few things about her signature style, design philosophy and take on modern jewelry.  Here's what she had to say:

How did you start designing jewelry?

I've always loved art and making crafts, but felt particularly inspired right after college graduation. I had some free time and decided to try something new in between school and employment. I started experimenting with designing earrings and fell in love with the process. It grew from there.

Do you have a favorite medium?

I don't have a particular favorite. I like to use all sorts of materials, sometimes mixing the media in an unexpected way.

Do you have a favorite piece? Honestly, no. It changes every time I make something new!

What’s your design philosophy?

I seek balance and harmony within my pieces. I just like to start making things with my hands and see where the creation takes me. I can't totally articulate it, but I always know when it is "right" and complete. I think the best way to put it is that I am seeking a piece that feels balanced and in harmony with itself.

                                                                Gold Divine Earrings

What did you want to be when you were little?  I had no idea.

Describe your look/work in three words. Classic with Flair

What’s behind the name of your collection? 

This one's easy. It is my real name. Actually my given name is Elizabeth Law, but people started calling me Liz in high school. I tried to stick with Elizabeth, but it seems the pull of alliteration was just too strong, By college, my first name had pretty much become "LizLaw". I learned to embrace it.

Who or what inspires you?

I'm inspired by the jewelry components themselves. I collect unique and inspiring pendants, charms, beads, chain, you name it. I have a studio full of drawers of interesting little trinkets. I'll start with one component and then build off of it.

                                                               Express Choker by Liz Law

Who is your design/fashion crush?

My inspirations are varied and always changing. I don't look to any particular house or person.

Do you have a signature look?

Probably nowadays it's some version of a nice blouse paired with slightly torn jeans. I seem to like to pair the classic with the informal/edgy.

What makes a woman look modern?

The word evokes images of clothing or accessories with clean lines, a classic cut, solid colors and/or geometric patterns.

                                                          Cosmos Earrings

What piece of jewelry is most important for a woman to own?

A versatile piece that she can get a lot of use out of but also makes a statement on its own. I'd suggest a classic yet bold necklace that she can pair with a casual tee, work attire, and also wear for an evening out.

What does modern mean to you?

Saying it in as few words as possible. This is something I've recently started telling myself in order to resist that urge to overdesign. Not doing so seems to yield a clean, modern look without a lot of bells and whistles. I guess to me "modern" means simplifying, streamlining, and cutting through the clutter. Efficiency is modern.

What visibly interests you?  Living a balanced life.

                                                                 

                                                          Escape Necklace

What can’t you live without?  Is it too cliche to say dark chocolate and wine? 

We certainly think not, Liz.