Q&A with Jewelry Designer Dominique Mattozzi

Q&A with Jewelry Designer Dominique Mattozzi

Tell us about yourself, including what you do & how you got there.

My days of making jewelry probably started as soon as I could tie a knot.  I was obsessed with making friendship bracelets as a kid - I must have made them for everyone in my family.  Then, as I got a little older, I started making jewelry as a hobby with my mother.  In high school, I even took a few jewelry-making classes and I loved it.  Funny enough though, it wasn’t until I started graduate school studying childhood education that I more seriously got into making wire-wrapped jewelry.  At that time I wanted something fun and relaxing I could do for myself when I was not writing papers.  So, I bought a couple books and taught myself.  I really don’t know how I found time for it, but I think it helped me get through grad school.

Tell us about your jewelry line & your design style.  What do you draw inspiration from?

The inspiration for my jewelry comes from a combination of the natural beauty of Maine, where I spent my childhood, and the vibrancy of living in New York City.  My line reflects this in both the colors and materials that are used.  This collection is full of gold-filled jewelry mixed with hand-cut leather, weaved wool and cashmere yarns, and semi-precious stones.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Boho with clean lines yet intricate attention to detail.

Where are your pieces made?

All of the jewelry in my collection is handmade by myself at my home studio in New York City.

What’s the most difficult challenge you’ve faced as a jewelry designer?

Honestly, I’d probably have to say marketing and promotion of my jewelry.  It’s one thing to make a collection, but if no one knows about it nothing is ever going to come of it.

What’s your favorite piece in your collection?  What makes it so special?

One of my favorite pieces has to be the convertible leather necklace/triple-wrap bracelet.  I had reclaimed leather laying around my studio for years and I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with it.  Then one day, it just came to me - I was going to use it in my jewelry!  This is one of the first pieces I made that got me into incorporating leather into my jewelry.

As a jewelry designer, how do you like to see your pieces worn?  Layered on?  Or simple & clean?

The pieces in my collection can be worn casually with jeans or they can be dressed up for a party.  Everyone is different though, so I like to see people wearing my pieces differently.  I don’t think there is a right way to wear jewelry.  Wearing jewelry (or any accessory for that matter!) should be a way to express yourself individually.

Who are your favorite jewelry designers?

I love designers who are passionate about the process and techniques of making jewelry, as well as those who use untraditional materials and methods.

What advice would you give to aspiring jewelry designers?

You have to have a lot of passion, motivation and belief in yourself.  The hardest thing is to never get discouraged.  In the end you should be doing it for yourself.

What else do you want us to know about your work?

Anyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with detail.  So, when it comes to my jewelry attention to detail is very important.

{A special thank you to Dominique for taking the time to chat with us.  We love your work, your story, and the passion that shines through in each of your designs.  See you at the trunkshow!}

<3 Keriann

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