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Artist's Statement ~
I have been making jewelry since I was a child, but as an adult, it has become my passion. Born in Oakland and raised in Sonoma County, I have always had a love affair with the gnarled branches of oaks, and the majestic, misty redwood obelisks that distinguish the hills of California. I draw much of my inspiration from the natural forms that surround me. My subjects are inspired by the natural cycles in life, intertwining nature and the human interaction within it. Many of the shapes and designs are constructed in sacred geometry and act as homage to our myths and lessons of the ancient religions, which revered nature.
The Origin Story
When I was a little girl, my best friend’s mother was a jeweler. I remember her desk dripping with beaded jewelry, strung from the most delicate French beads. They were mysterious, evocative, and completely off limits! I innately understood that I should not touch them, in the childhood fear that they may shatter into a million pieces, smattering the floor in every direction with a sound of beaded rain. But on this one very special day, I broke the rule.
I remember the bracelet like it was yesterday. It was made of golden, lace-like beads and these little spheres the color of cherries. I later discovered that those little yellow beads were gold filigree and the cherries were rubies, but none of that had registered in my 11-year-old mind. All I knew was that it called me across the room, hand outstretched like Sleeping Beauty hypnotized by the spindle. As I pulled the bracelet over my wrist, I can still feel the endorphin rush that hit me. I felt like a queen. Not a princess … Oh no. Something inside of me had awoken, and there was no need for a prince’s kiss. I was fierce. With that bracelet on my wrist, I could take on the world.
Years later, it is that feeling that fuels my need to make jewelry. When I see someone try on a necklace or a pair of earrings that I have made for the first time, I hold my breath for their reaction. If they love it, there is instant recognition. A posturing that says, “beauty”, “ferocity”, or “grace.” They think they are looking at the jewelry, but they are actually looking at themselves. It is humbling, and it inspires me to know that my creative juju is the reflective conduit reminding them of their inner awesome. This is why I make jewelry. This is why I make wearable art.
"Flora, fauna and the cycles of nature are the foundation of my work."
Camille Torres Designs is dedicated to making artisanal jewelry with a cause by forging philanthropic relationships between environmentally or socially conscious non-profits and the artistic jewelry world.
Photograph by Abigail Townsend Photography
All That Glitters
Holiday Art Exhibition
Group show: December 7 - January 5th, 2021
Opening Reception: 12/7 at 6 pm.
2000 4th Street @ University, Berkeley, CA 94710
Join me December 21 - 22, 2021 at the annual KPFA Holiday fair. I'll be at booth #305!
2018 Earrings Galore
The Heidi Lowe Gallery has chosen The Imaginal Cell Collection for the 2018 "Earrings Galore" traveling pop-up.
Next Stop: NEW YORK CITY JEWELRY WEEK!
Hosted at The Parasol Project: 171 Elizabeth St. Nolita NYC
The Valley of the Moon Collection
at Rock and Rapture
289 Divisadero St, (within Onyx Boutique), in San Francisco from October 1 - October 31, 2018.
To see the entire collection visit camilletorresdesigns.com