My favorite thing about what I do is getting the opportunity to meet and connect with so many talented, creative people. Jenny Bird is definitely one of those people. I've been wearing her designs for years and have always been impressed with the quality, wearability, and consistent, sleek uniqueness of her designs.
This Toronto trip, I got to swing by her studio and finally meet her and her amazing team in person, as well as take a peek at the new holiday collection and new design concepts for the season ahead (all I'm going to say is that next season is looking really good). And to just simply hang out and connect. Something that, in my opinion, isn't done enough in this digital world of ours, and thus holds more importance and weight than ever.
We also talked a little bit about creative focus and the idea of meditation and centering as not just for well-being, but for creative productivity as well - something I've been really interested lately, having recently picked up The One Thing (highly recommended) and recently finished David Lynch's book, Catching the Big Fish, on meditation, consciousness, and creativity.
Intentionally or not (I'm guessing intentionally), Jenny Bird's studio is sort of set up with this in mind. Streaming with light, she has a separate space from the rest of the team that's just for designing, complete with a yoga mat and meditation pillow. This is where I got to see her inspo and process, from creating molds to cast, to prototypes etc, which was super interesting to go from seeing this to the holiday collection, which was full of folded metal details and two-toned pieces, as well as a few mixed-media elements (I love the leather strap on the bracelets).
And of course, I couldn't help but pick up a few for the trip home... which ones would you have picked?
Photos by Nikko DeTranquilli