American Made Show: Please tell us a little bit about your background and how you arrived where you are today.
Jessica Giovachino: I am an architect and studied jewelry-making while earning my Architecture degree at Virginia Tech.
AMS: Describe the path that led to your career as an artist.
Jessica Giovachino: I took a leave from my work as an architect in 2012 when I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina for a few months with my husband and children. I had the free time to travel and visit museums while there, and was inspired to start sketching and designing. I enjoyed the opportunity to transition from designing on a large scale (buildings) to a small scale (table-top housewares) or even smaller scale (jewelry).
AMS: What does the creative process entail for you?
Jessica Giovachino: I use the same process of design that I employ as an architect, but it’s fun to be able to participate in every aspect of the making and finishing of each piece. I approach the design of my pieces by determining how they will be assembled, and like to find ways for the individual parts to fit together without the need for hardware or fasteners. I think of my home accessories as little pieces of architecture that the user gets to play with and assemble in their home.
AMS: What inspires you to create new designs?
Jessica Giovachino: Everything around me inspires me… nature, art, magazine images, objects, photographs. I have ideas in my head right now that I haven’t had a chance to draw or explore.
AMS: Tell us about the technical processes you employ in your work.
Jessica Giovachino: Using my background as an architect, I combine emerging technologies and traditional craft techniques in the creation of my jewelry and home accessories. The use of laser cutting and CNC machines allows me to directly transfer my vision to the material. Hand sanding, finishing and assembling the final product keeps my personal touch and involvement a part of each piece.
AMS: How would you describe your artistic style?
Jessica Giovachino: I like to experiment with playful reinterpretations of traditional forms to create something I consider up-to-date and modern. My goal is to bring fresh and unique design to any consumer, creating choice and diversity in the marketplace.
Meet Jessica Giovachino at the 2016 American Made Show in Washington DC!
Company Name: GioGio Design
Studio Location: Port Jefferson, NY
Booth #: 932
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