Gina M. Brotherton is a bubbly DMV (DC/Maryland/VA) based self taught Jewelry Designer. She started making jewelry for herself and people just started placing orders. She uses a mix of beads, stones, metal and leather to create whimsical candy-like wearable art. She will even create commissioned custom pieces AND has a plus sized line. Check out her website! www.ggxjewels.com
Hi Gina, how did you start making jewelry? I’m primarily self-taught via hand’s on “mistakes” – mixed in with some online tutorials & YouTube.
What has inspired your work? Life! Colors, textures, the change of the seasons, a random stranger’s well-worn jacket, a pair of run over shoes…it really isn’t any one or two things. Every day I wake up, something inspires me to create wearable art. How many years have you worked on your art?: 6 years now. I started making jewelry in 2005… Who are your influences?: Artistically? I’m not even sure. I have sort of a mish-mash mix of styles & techniques that don’t really lend themselves to one (or even a few) specific influences. GGX is classy, but a little off-kilter…runway, but not really…trendy, but not overly obnoxious…just some of everything! I find beauty & relevance in the most classically simple beaded designs & find a way to marry them together in an eclectic collection of classic-funk. I will say, though, that other artists that I’ve encountered and even collaborated with have served as an influence of sorts in terms of raising the bar, thinking outside the box. Not to mention keeping me on my toes!
What would you do, if you couldn’t create? Forever? My soul would probably implode. Jewelry is my [creative] outlet. It helps me channel various energies – especially negative stress – into something productive and beautiful. Honestly, if I “couldn’t” do it any more, for whatever reason…I would die inside. It’s THAT serious. And even thought right now it’s not a full-time gig — it’s my life’s work. My passion. Now, periodically I do have creative blocks – which totally sucks for me. (when I do, I mope…and it ain’t pretty! ). It’s very hard for me to want to create, but be unable to come up with…nada/zip/zilch/nothing (or nothing anyone would want, anyway).
Describe your process: I wish I had one. When the mood (or inspiration, or creative mojo) hits – even in the middle of the night – I honor it. I grab what I need…and Get. Busy! Some designs don’t execute the way I would like the first go round, and I will redo it over and over again until it’s right. Other times, the vision comes to me so clearly that when I sit down with tools & supplies in hand, it practically creates itself.
What do you want to get out of your art, what do you want to give to others through it? For me: art is a way to live my life authentically… by doing what I love. It’s that simple. Long before I was making good money hustling my jewels, I was GIVING them away. And I still do (sometimes). For others: I’d like for them to inherit the love, passion, and peace that I put into/receive from each piece that I create for them… To make the world a little bit more beautiful by sharing something that I’ve created with my own two hands. Cheezy? Yeah. But most of us creative types have to balance the brooding with a lil’ bit of cheese every now and again.
Thanks Witches, for allowing me to share my talent with your loyal minions. I’m OFFICIALLY White Jesus Approved!!