Christopher in Sorrento, Italy
Travel-inspired design is a fancier way of what I like to call “designing while walking around,” albeit walking around with intent. When I began to explore Paris in the late 90s, I found myself being influenced by the many different and unique details I saw all around me. The buildings, the bridges and lampposts, and most certainly the great cathedrals and churches—nearly every surface is embellished by rich and intricate detail. Soon I began to incorporate some of what I saw into my jewelry designs.
Buildings that are five feet apart in space may be separated by five hundred years in time. Taking all of this in, I began to sketch out new ideas for jewelry designs, using concepts and motifs I had never before considered. My first designs came out of visits to Paris, but soon I discovered central Italy as a vital source of new inspiration, its warm, rustic nature providing a natural contrast to the refined elegance of Paris.