Our newest artist to know is the ever so talented Rebecca Mir Grady. As we continuously learn about our artists, there are some things that just make us so darn excited to know them. We were a little too far to sit and chat with Rebecca in person but we sure did love hearing about how she got started, her many hidden talents like making mini comics and our mutual love of Tallest Man on Earth.
How did you get started in jewelry making?
There was a jewelry program at my high school. I took a few classes and apprenticed with jewelry designers in my hometown, Kennebunk Maine, and later on began working for them as a bench jeweler.
How long did it take you to say "alright, let's start to share this with the world"?
Years! I learned great hand and business skills from working as a metalsmith for other designers. In my own studio I drew and made jewelry for myself and friends. Gradually, the collection grew into something that I felt ready to share. It was a year from when I first decided to launch my own jewelry line to the actual big hurrah. I spent that time outfitting my studio, editing the first collection, building a website, photographing for lookbooks and linesheets and building up a press list. It’s a one woman show, and I wanted it to be a good one!
What is your favorite material to work with? Do you have any favorite tools?
I love working with gold and silver – they’re so malleable! I have a growing collection of hammers that I use on most of the pieces in the line. I also really like my ring stretcher – I don’t use it very often, but when I do it comes in handy.
Other than making jewelry, what are some of your other creative outlets?
I really enjoy taking pictures, and I also make artist books and mini comics. Putting together lookbooks for the jewelry is one my favorite parts – it’s where all of my creative interests overlap.
Do you listen to music while you work? What's your favorite?
I do listen to a lot of music, and sometimes audio books or the radio. I really like the Tallest Man on Earth, and last week I got a Rhye album that’s been on nonstop since.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
Monhegan Island – it’s a tiny island off the coast of Maine. Half of the island is uninhabited, and covered in hiking trails. You can walk all over the island and it’s just you, pine trees and the ocean. It’s magic.
If you weren't an artist, what would you like to do?
When I was a kid I wanted to be a marine biologist. But nowadays, I think sailor or mystery novelist – both of those could still be in the cards.
What's your advice for someone that is just starting out?
Work for someone in the field that you’re interested in for a while. I learned so much that way.
What's next for RMG?
I’m working on expanding in the wedding ring department, and adding some more styles in both men’s and women’s sizes.