10 Questions for Nicolette Absil
*PRODUCTS are at the bottom of this page
What was the impetus for becoming a jewelry artist?
I took a workshop when I was in high school and really loved it – the process as well as the creative side of making work. When I found a university with a program in the area, I decided to pursue it whole-heartedly.
What inspires your forms and surface finishes?
I’m inspired by nature, especially flowers. Because I draw such organic imagery, I like to play with contrast by using symmetrical shapes. As for the surface finishes, enamel has beautiful qualities when underfired, which I love to continually play with, as well as play off of in the metal work.
Who are your favorite artists?
I’m currently into the work of Amber Cowan and Yoko Sekino-Bové. If speaking just on jewelry, Rene Lalique.
How did your current aesthetic style come to be?
I’ve always sketched a lot with graphite on paper, so when I found a way to combine my jewelry and enamel work with my sketches, it just clicked.
What is your favorite form to make?
Flowers – living or fading, all have beautiful qualities.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Keep making! Work hard and stay true to yourself.
Do you have other creative outlets/practices?
I enjoy making food and have dabbled recently in printmaking.
If you weren’t an artist, what would your dream job be?
Art conservation or possibly an environmental scientist.
Any favorite meal/food?
Broccoli rabe & pizza.
What has been your most memorable trip/vacation/residency?
Juneau, Alaska. I traveled there last year and it was an amazing experience.