The beautiful Faris in her Seattle studio.
Faris at work in her studio.
Faris Du Graf of F A R I S is the newest artist to Hitchcock Madrona. Faris is a local artist, handcrafting beautiful jewelry that is playful and powerful all at once. Best and self described as “both streetwise and architectural. Her pieces reflect the balance and beauty of juxtaposition”. We are thrilled to welcome F A R I S to our store.
How would you describe your line’s aesthetic?
Modernist silhouettes, classic appeal, thoughtful assembly with a touch of humor.
How did you become interested in designing jewelry?
I’ve always been interested in design and making—I’m sure not unlike most girls. I always had a beading kit for friendship bracelets and daisy chains. Grandma taught me how to sew and crochet. But metalsmithing was something I always wanted to learn. So about 6 years ago I took a class and fell in love. It allowed me to explore more freely and create designed I dreamt.
When you design your jewelry, is there any particular woman whom you design for?
Each collection is based on an imaginary muse. For the PRIMARY collection, my lady was a metropolitan modern day Anni Albers. For NINETYSIX, my muse was a cross between Bjork, Aaliyah and Kate Moss. But in general, my lady is artful, intelligent, practical and confident.
What do you particularly love about designing jewelry?
I love the ability to take small amounts of material and create something beautiful, that is meant to last forever.
What would you say are three key pieces of jewelry that every woman should own?
A simple necklace, a statement piece and a pair of hoops. Every lady needs some hoops.
What aspect of the design process do you find most challenging?
Making it work. I can sketch and imagine, but how do I create it? It’s very much a discovery process. I’m not formally trained, but I’m curious and tactile. Figuring out how to create a piece that is structurally sound is just as important to how beautiful it is. They’re little pieces of architecture.
What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of being a jewelry designer.
Being able to share my art.
Hitchcock Madrona is hosting a Trunk Show this Thursday, the 22nd, to unveil the F A R I S collection. Come join us in celebrating F A R I S!