American Made Show: Please tell us a little bit about your background and how you arrived where you are today.
Carly Mayer: We three have been friends for over a decade. We came together about 6 years ago in a shared studio space to encourage each other in our artistic practice and organically formed into what is now our full time business.
American Made Show: Describe the path that led to your career as an artist.
Carly Mayer: Some would say that being an artist is not a path you choose, but a destiny you fulfill. We were always creative women but surrounding ourselves with creativity, culture and positive people helped to push us in a more refined direction. Making jewelry was a by-product of the need to create, and it turns out, artists can also make a decent living in this field if the product has demand, so, we stuck with it.
AMS: What does the creative process entail for you?
Carly Mayer: Our creative process is not cut and dry. Due to the fact that we encompass 3 different designers, aesthetics and attributes, we move at different paces and create whenever we feel inclined to experiment or challenge ourselves. Music, cinema and architecture play a large role In what inspires our daily lives so naturally those elements will manifest in our work. Hence some of the materials we use and some of the names that are bestowed upon a collection. We pay homage in subtle ways to the direct inspiration without being so blatant.
AMS: What event or experience pushed you to take on art full-time?
Carly Mayer: We always worked in the creative field, but it wasn’t until a little over a year ago when we finally took the leap into owning and developing this company. It was perfect timing really, we were all ready to leave our jobs and embark on a new endeavor where artistic freedom was limitless and we could be our own boss.
AMS: Tell us about the technical processes you employ in your work.
Carly Mayer: We use a multitude of different mediums in our work, and this is what sets us apart in the jewelry field. We are not tied down to one look, yet our collections remain cohesive and interchangeable. Some of the most prevalent materials that can be found in a F&F piece include; porcelain, resin, concrete, glass, and 24k Leaf.
AMS: How would you describe your artistic style?
Carly Mayer: Our style is multi-faceted and forever evolving, but if we had to give it 3 adjectives:
AMS: What type of customers tend to like your work?
Carly Mayer: If you breathe oxygen then we have something for you;)
AMS: What is your most popular product line?
Carly Mayer: The “Satellite” collection, “Moon Phase,” and “Notch” Series have been very successful this year!
Meet Carly Mayer at the 2016 American Made Show in Washington DC!
Company Name: Forge & Finish
Studio Location: Philadelphia, PA
Booth #: 1328
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