In The Wild With Britt Hawkes From Sea + Pattern
Getting out of town typically helps reset my creativity. It could be driving 30 mins out of town or a full vacation as long as I’m in a new environment. Taking photos in another city always helps me gain some much needed inspiration.
When it comes to jewelry making I will randomly get ideas that I will sketch or make notes of on my phone. Other times I will have a hands-on work day where I’ll do a bunch of samples and mess around with the supplies I have available. As far as the home goods, there’s a little bit more to the process since I’m dealing with concrete. I have to plan each step carefully due to the concrete’s fast drying time. Since most pieces need pigment added I like to custom make a range of colors ahead of time so I’m fully prepared. After the piece is made it has to set, dry, be sanded, and be sealed. Lead time is preferred so I can make sure each step is achieved perfectly.
What’s your favorite part about your process?
My favorite part is wearing the jewelry pieces out and getting feedback that way. That allows me to know what’s working and what’s not before adding to the website.
How did you transition into creating jewelry and home goods full time?
When I started S+P I had a full time job but as soon as I felt I wasn’t putting enough energy into my jewelry making I decided to cut back one day and then another day until finally I was able to take the leap to quit my full time job. With each time I cut back I would notice I was met with more opportunities and it reminded me of how much it was worth pursuing full time.
Favorite summer activity in Oregon?
Ahhh hard to choose because there are so many great ways to spend your summer in Oregon but one of my favorites is having a picnic at the International Rose Test Garden.
Thanks Britt! Be sure to check out more of her work at seaandpattern.com and catch her at one of our upcoming pop ups!