Katie Finn I Elizabeth Street Jewelry
“ I just like something that is a little bit odd but still beautiful.”
If you haven't already experienced how gorgeous Elizabeth Street Jewelry is, get on it...google it NOW! Katie is a firecracker that has more talent in her pinky finger than anybody I know. She's got grit and she's got grace....kinda the complete package! It was so fun to get to see her work: such fluid movements from saw to hammer to torch...she just chatted on with us while she effortlessly made a ring. amazing. Hope you enjoy the interview!
What does authentic mean to you?
It’s funny that you ask that, because I am about to move to the west coast, and it is a conversation I have had with a lot of people over there. Authentic to me means having some grit. Having some life experience under your belt. No matter what life’s trials and tribulations and no matter what shit happens to you, being able to still maintain a foundation enough where you can produce...no matter what. I have been in situations before where something happens and I don't want to eat, I don't want to sleep, I don't want to do anything...but I do want to make jewelry, and that is authentic to me. A real drive that comes from within. It is always going to be there, and it eases my mind. To be honest I don't ever underestimate someone's ability to make something with their own hands. I don’t give a fuck if you are knitting a sweater or cooking a meal or making a sculpture or building a bike or welding a table, being able to produce a product with your hands is a powerful thing.
How do you think your work is received?
It is always funny for me to meet people for the first time over a drink or at a party or something. And my jewelry isn't on the forefront of the discussion, but it’s always like “what do you do…?” I say that I make jewelry and it is always like “Yeah, okay, sure she does…” Then, I'll get an email or a message on my instagram, and it says “Holy shit, I just checked out your jewelry and it’s so tasteful..I'm so surprised.” You might look at me and not see the connection and think “Why?" Because I curse like a sailor and drink like a fish, or dress the way that I dress? People have trouble with that association and then will be like “I really want you to make my wedding ring!” Like, okay... thanks. I don't wear it on my sleeve. I don't wear my work, and I think that is part of it.