Julie Graff 2017
Naja Featured Artist Interview:
March 6 - April 29, 2017
What got you into working with metal?
Honestly, motorcycles. I grew up restoring and working on old bikes. While I was apprenticing at a vintage bike shop my Mother suggested I take a class at the DSMA so I did.
How long have you been making?
I made my first ring in January of '14 and I've been going strong since.
How would you describe your style/makings?
I make jewelry for the lady deep within each tomboy, for the movers and shakers. For the woman who is blazing trails, pushing the envelope and an all around badass or the one who wants to be one. It's my take on the jewelry I grew up seeing my Mother wearing while she was riding her Harley, a cross between southwest and contemporary.
Do you have a new skill or technique you would like to learn/implement?
I would love to learn inlay and casting and work on my stamping skills.
What is your favorite or most used tool?
Geez, is all of them an option? I use my torch, flex shaft, bench lathe, metal guillotine, Lindstrom snips and needle file daily.
What is your current project?
At any given moment I have at least 30 different projects on my bench not including custom orders.
Do you listen to music while in your studio?
Darn right I do and it's turned all the way up. Current jams include Savoy Brown, Johnny Winter, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats and Black Angels. The music I listen to definitely influences my work.
If there is any part of your Craft that you could share with others, what would it be?
I am currently working on a curriculum for a rings workshop at the DSMA and I would love to share my Craft then.