when spring finally arrives each year, i find myself shopping for a few new staples: flip-flops, jeans i can roll-up, a white t-shirt and a pair of silver earrings. this year, i’m leaning toward modern, clean lines in my jewelry picks – and Cari Taylor’s minimalist style (wired originals) is just perfect! her designs are simple and elegant without being showy. using reclaimed/recycled silver, she shapes, fuses and hammers every detail into place – all loops, dangles and clasps are done entirely by her hand, too. i truly admire her ability to show restraint so that the organic beauty of the silver shines. she was born into a creative family and, after years of crafting, found her permanent passion when she discovered wire and beads.
recently, i asked Cari to share her thoughts on the concept of passion, and here’s what she had to say:
Passion is the biggest gift of my life. I spent years trying to find that ‘IT’ thing–the thing that people around me seemed to have that made them get-up the morning, lose themselves in, and could talk about for hours. I tried crochet, woodworking, graphic design, ceramics–nothing stuck. I had this artist stuck inside of me without an outlet to create. Very frustrating.
And just as I was about to give up and resign myself to a boring 8-5 life with no pizzazz–passion found me. As soon as I stopped looking for it, there it was, disguised as a pair of cheap pliers and a roll of 20 gauge craft wire I picked up on a whim. In those first few weeks experimenting with my new hobby, the fog just suddenly lifted. I had so many jewelry design ideas, I couldn’t sketch them out fast enough. I knew in that moment that what I was feeling was passion.
That elusive, enviable, abstract thing, was finally within me. It sounds very dramatic, but passion hit me on the head and brought me to life and continues to be such a surprising force.
Passion gives me purpose and unbelievable energy. Passion has brought me a sense of self-reliance I didn’t have before, a sense of ownership and confidence that I can take anywhere I go. It gives me the strength to work a full-time day job on top of building a business, and gets me through any bad day.
Handcrafted and passion are inseparable. The spirit of independence and creation is alive in every product an artist makes, every detail.
Whether it’s bags, clothing, jewelry, drawings, photographs, textiles–that essence of passion is ingrained within and comes straight from the artist to you. That’s such a big part of it; feeling the passion is one thing, but creating something and sharing it with the world and the people who appreciate it completes the circle.