Sabi Collection by Jill McKeown

I launched Sabi Collection in May of 2012. I am attracted to natural materials. They have inherent beauty, just by virtue of their existence in nature. I love the unrefined perfection in wood, in all forms. That may, in a way, be a means of understanding my very disorganized (yet desperate for order) personality. There is a very elegant (dis)order in the way wood weathers and ages.

The wood that is collected and used in the jewelry is personified in my mind. Each piece has a life cycle. I do not know what the wood was used for (or not) in the past, but it has been found it at some point in its life. The wood is transformed as it becomes a piece of jewelry. The process of multiplying the raw wood into a family of pieces is done in a way that respects, even embraces, its natural imperfections. Then, the addition of things which offset the rustic nature of the wood are worked into the design: bright chain, color, etc. I am a strong believer that good design is always balanced. The most impactful objects, fashions, spaces are those which utilize two contradictory aesthetic techniques: a crystal chandelier above a rustic table, edgy spikes juxtaposed with sweet pearls, a clean and modern home on a jagged mountain; the list goes on. Sabi Collection attempts to achieve this balance.

If it is not clear by now, I am tremendously inspired by architectural ideas. I have a background in Architecture, which has been instrumental in creating Sabi Collection. Tenets of architectural design including concept-driven design are close to my heart. Of course, I have reimagined this idea in terms of jewelry design. I would not have dreamed of creating a jewelry line without a clear concept. It is this concept which allows the jewelry, in essence to create itself. The pieces take form based on their natural qualities, which works out great for me. Design, to me, transcends scales. My architectural education parallels my jewelry design in countless ways.

When a piece from Sabi Collection is purchased, it comes with a map indicating the location it was found, as well as a photo of the piece of wood it came from, before being picked up and transformed. In this way, I pay homage to its history, its past life. The new owner determines the places it goes in its future. It has, in a way, been adopted.

VIA: Sabi Collection.

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One Comments to “Sabi Collection by Jill McKeown”
  1. Peggy DeBari says:

    These pieces are the most unusual that I’ve ever seen. I love that there is a history to them.

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