For this sassy designer, creativity didn’t stop with her career as a renowned interior designer. It simply spilled over into her entire being – from the amazing architecture of the home she constructed (which pays homage to the Post Modern movement), to the interior of her magnificent Treetop Studio, to the bells and whistles that she dons as wearable art. Her passion for all things beautiful has driven this design maven to create jewelry which highlights nature and its rugged elegance. Jill Duzan’s ability to capture the essence of gemstones through carefully constructed compositions is highlighted by the uniqueness of each item. Her signature clasp, her oftentimes asymmetrical elements, and her recommended coordinated layering, allows the wearer to have multiple options with only a few jewelry pieces.
Jill’s background in architecture and interiors parlay her style in deliberately designed jewelry. Scale and cut of the stone are extremely important in the overall aesthetic when layering, so that each, independent piece enhances the other without detracting. Color is absolutely critical to the composition and must be a consideration when coordinating layers. Her sensitivity in these areas makes Jill Duzan Jewelry the impeccable piece of jewelry art – and something that is undeniably elegant and collectable.
Robin B Gallery had a chance to speak with this designer – artist on the go – about how she came to create Rugged Elegance.
RBG: Why did you decide to pursue ART as a profession?
JDW: I have always loved art as a little girl, but I first went into the design profession before I did jewelry, more than twelve years ago. Jewelry is truly an art form and a personal expression that makes me smile!
RBG: Whom are you most influenced by as an artist and as a person?
JDW: I am most influenced by my environment – Nature and Architecture. Nature is always changing, always an inspiration, always beautiful. Architecture – old world and modern – is amazing to me!
RBG: What motivates you?
JDW: I appreciate the simplicity of the moment each day. It is very motivating and fulfilling.
RBG: What’s your favorite color?
JDW: Hmmmm, that is tough. It depends on my mood. I am typically drawn to blues and greens, probably because most of nature is blue and green.
RBG: What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
JDW: To enjoy the people and the process, as I express my designs. It is interesting to me where the jewelry takes me, what people I meet, what places I see. It is like that 6 degrees of separation or is it 6 degrees of connection?? Women, jewelry, ideas….there is not a limit… it is a small world!
RBG: What is the most rewarding part about being an artist?
JDW: I love the freedom to create and to be able to design something that I love. It is very rewarding that others love it, too. The other rewarding part about jewelry is that you can see it – touch it- and immediately wear it!
RBG: What advice would you give to a young artist?
JDW: Don’t think too much. Just “start” with some form, some medium, and then let it develop and evolve. Pursue!
RBG: Who would you love to meet (can be someone alive or deceased) and what would you ask them?
JDW: I would love to hang out with Monet at his studio-in his gardens in Giverny, I would ask him about his day.
RBG: Where would you love to live or travel?
JDW: I’ve always thought I would live in the South of France for a few months out of the year. I love their environment – Art, Food, Architecture, Culture…..I also love the north countryside of Italy too – maybe I can visit and enjoy both. Also I love my Midwest “country” – it is beautiful most of the time – the woods, the lake, the space It is very relaxing and inspiring.
RBG: Why did you pursue art as a profession?
JDW: It was a gift of sorts that just happened! Something beautiful rose out of a not so good situation, I guess. I am thankful.
RBG: Who are you influenced by?
JDW: I am influenced mostly by my environment I think – but “who”? I guess I would say I am most influenced by everyday people – the people with whom I share my life.
RBG: What motivates you to create art?
JDW: It is just “in there”. I can’t explain.
RBG: Do you have any specific goals you would like to achieve?
JDW: Yes, I would like to be able to enjoy my art, continue to meet great people that connect me to new shows and opportunities, and to have a good time! Oh! And did I mention that I need to make a living?!
RBG: What is the most rewarding part of being an artist?
JDW: I guess it is amazing to me that so many people enjoy my work, 10 years later, someone will say “ I love my Jill Duzan” – it makes me happy they are so happy.
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