Cheyenne Hughes 2016
Naja Featured Artist Interview:
Naja Art Gallery 2016
Cheyenne’s work is edgy, daring, aesthetically pleasing and very much one of a kind. The term Uniquely Unruly comes to mind.
What got you into working with metal?
As a young boy, between the ages of 8 and 9, my mom worked next door to a bead shop. I used to love hanging out in the bead shop and took a few classes. I quickly found out that I wanted to make all the pieces and not just assemble pieces together. I was fascinated by how the pieces were made and put together. Sometimes I’d trade cleaning for lessons. Not a bad trade for a kid!
How long have you been making jewelry?
I stopped making pieces as I grew older and started to work professionally in non-profit groups. After nearly a decade I realized I was over-worked, stressed out and worst of all – dissilusied with the work world. I decided to reenergize my jewelry making. I interned with Ira Sherman and worked for John Sholl at JF Sholl Fine Jewelry as a bench jeweler.
What techniques or process do you prefer? Why?
I like casting, but fabricating is my favorite. If I have the time I even enjoy making my own sterling or metal sheet. I like to make hinges and I enjoy having motion or things that move in my pieces.
How would you describe your style/makings?
At this point my style is all over the place. I haven’t 100% nailed down a “style” as my work, design astictics, etc. is still evolving. I think you could call my work edgy, with an almost dangerous look.
Do you have a new skill or technique you would like to learn/implement?
I’m looking into incorporating Damascus into my pieces.
What is your favorite or most used tool?
Hands Down – the torch! I use the same torch for everything. It’s an old welding torch I’ve had for a long time.
What is your current/next project?
I’ve been thinking about a Damascus bracelet with flush sets stones. I plan on using up to 5 – 6 ounces of metals.
If there is any part of your craft that you could share with others, what would it be?
Flush setting. I had a hard time in the beginning with this skill and feel good when I can help others learn it. It isn’t quite as hard as you think. When I was working at JF Sholl Fine Jewelry as a bench jeweler, owner John Sholl showed me how to flush set stones and he tested me on it. It was a good lesson and I like to share the knowledge.
Who and/or what have inspired your work?
Who: There are many artists that I admire and I follow their work. Two of the main teachers in my life have been John Sholl from JF Sholl Fine jewelry where I learned 90% of my technical skills. Ira Sherman took me on as an intern after meeting him through my mom and he has helped me with my aeticts . I feel lucky to have worked with two such fine teachers.
What: I love stories – all kinds of stories. I like folk tales, astrology, mythology and anima. Stories teach us how to be.