Less is not more, less is enough

"Sumi-e" brass twist ring---my homage to the beauty, power and grace there is in moving about the planet in small but impactful ways.  

"Sumi-e" brass twist ring---my homage to the beauty, power and grace there is in moving about the planet in small but impactful ways.  

I am admittedly a person who gets overwhelmed at Whole Foods. To me, it feels like a carnival with a million things shooting off shelves and out of bins to confuse and overwhelm me. I loved living in Spain and buying my cheese at a cheese shop, my meat at a meat shop and my wine at a wine shop.  I am not a multi-tasker. I am a uni-tasker. My mom once sent me an article entitled "Understanding HSPs (Highly Sensitive People)" and scribbled emphatically in black sharpie on the page "THIS IS YOU." And in full disclosure, I carry around a pair of noise-reducing headphones, not those fancy Bose ones, mine are straight up construction worker "cans". The only saving grace is that they are black and not orange, and so people often confuse them with something much cooler and think so too of me listening to some chill tunes as I, in actuality, sit totally blissfully weirdly in silence. One of my closest friends told me a while back, with some irritation, that I would be a good candidate for a monastery.  

Diminutivo Series, Unisex "Unplugged" Oxidized Silver Stud Earrings  |  Plug-style stud hand-forged of scrap metal from my design process made as an expression of power, edge and inner counter-culture in a discreet modern format. 

Diminutivo Series, Unisex "Unplugged" Oxidized Silver Stud Earrings  |  Plug-style stud hand-forged of scrap metal from my design process made as an expression of power, edge and inner counter-culture in a discreet modern format. 

And so of course these personal predilections have a way of bleeding into my design philosophy too. I believe rather than less is more, less is enough. By limiting material choices and using every part of the process, there becomes an almost zen-like quality to the act of designing. For me there is freedom in restriction. My mind expands when the scope of options narrow.

Me practicing and practicing and practicing "finger style." The goal is to keep your fingers very very small and compact on the strings, not wildly flailing about as mine are wont to do. 

Me practicing and practicing and practicing "finger style." The goal is to keep your fingers very very small and compact on the strings, not wildly flailing about as mine are wont to do. 

I stumbled on the idea of what I call my Diminutivo Series during a guitar lesson. My teacher explained that one does not get better by continually playing an entire song and skipping over the challenging parts but instead by going in very very small, "diminutivo" he said, and playing only the challenging transitions or even just a single chord progression. If you never played an entire song through but mastered the hardest parts you would become very skilled. That idea is incredibly inspiring to me. 

To that end, I'm attempting to pair precious and humble materials together to elevate the sum of their parts through simple, modern design. My work is almost an entirely closed loop of materials, incorporating recycled gold and silver, upcycled leather and the scraps from my design process to create textures and material for forging. The smaller and tighter in I go, unfettered by the trappings and distractions of, ironically in jewelry design, the shiny, the more satisfying my design life feels to me. I guess it's kind of like friendships, the smaller the pond, the deeper the waters. 

Diminutivo Series, Leather and Silver Statement, upcycled leather and recycled silver converge to elevate humble materials into sexy, modern design with edge.

Diminutivo Series, Leather and Silver Statement, upcycled leather and recycled silver converge to elevate humble materials into sexy, modern design with edge.

Diminutivo Series, Negative Space Dagger Earrings,  in art + life, sometimes just as important as the object itself, negative space helps define boundaries of positive space and brings balance and composition---creating positive from negative. 

Diminutivo Series, Negative Space Dagger Earrings,  in art + life, sometimes just as important as the object itself, negative space helps define boundaries of positive space and brings balance and composition---creating positive from negative. 

Christina Cavallaro