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MEREDITH ANNE SUTTON
Owner, Meredith Anne Sutton Jewelry
Jewelry Designer, Artist
CLUTTER FURNISHINGS AND INTERIORS: What drew you to the world of jewelry artistry?
MEREDITH ANNE SUTTON: When I began my studies at SCAD, my focus was Graphic Design. During my sophomore year I took an Intro to Jewelry course as an elective and never looked back. I was intrigued by the work of a close friend who was majoring in Metals and Jewelry. Her work was provocative and inspired my love of sculpture. Two weeks into the Intro course, I knew I would be a jewelry designer.
CF&I: What was the first piece of jewelry you remember owning?
MAS: A 14k gold Garnet ring that my father gave me. I’m a Capricorn and Garnet is my birthstone. At a very young age, maybe four, I spotted it in a jewelry store while we were out and about. He bought it for me and I have kept the ring close ever since.
CF&I: What is your favorite medium to work with?
MAS: Gold, but it is so cost prohibitive for experimentation. Right now, I am very hot on brass. I’ve made about 45 bracelets in the last three weeks, each one-of-a-kind. With brass, I can have fun with my designs and experiment without risking next month’s rent.
CF&I: If you could design for a celebrity, past or present, who would it be and why?
MAS: Madonna of course. Much of my design aesthetic merges the industrial, or unrefined, with a truly feminine undercurrent, which I feel would compliment Madonna’s dichotomously masculine and feminine sex appeal. But also because she is amazing and does some crazy sh*%.
CF&I: Who are your design influences?
MAS: While I have great admiration and respect for a number of past and present designers, I aspire to hone and honor my own style. I am highly visual and so I find inspiration in vintage materials, in nature, and via structures in the built environment. I once created a set of cuffs that were inspired by highway intersections.
CF&I: What was the best part about attending Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)?
MAS: The state-of-the-art facilities and industry leaders that SCAD brings to campus. Also the relationships and support I’ve received as an alumnus.
CF&I: What is your guilty pleasure?
MAS: My boyfriend’s homebrewed beer, which is soon to be shared with all of Savannah once his brewery is up and running.
CF&I: Describe your jewelry in five words.
MAS: Made in Savannah, by me.