With all the current trends in the Fashion Industry, it’s easy to forget the most essential and oldest inspiration source of all – nature. Nature combined with the love of her environment provided a powerful creative launch pad for Jessica Coleman, creator of Folia Design SF. “I live and work in San Francisco, a city that inspires me and delights me every day.” The love of her city and her ability to find and commune with nature is what she attributes as her main source of inspiration – these are the elements that brought her career and hobby together, in perfect union. “I find inspiration in the every day, natural and urban forms around me, and translate this into the organic and modern geometries of my designs.”
With a Masters in Landscape Architecture and background in urban design, her curiosity was piqued by a new and cutting edge technique of laser cutting. This interest become an essential educational need and inspired her to take a class at Tech Shop to satisfy this new possibility of a creative outlet. “I started experimenting with laser cut design about a year ago – fell in love with the hands on intricate results once can achieve.” Tech Shop would not only allow her to satisfy this curiosity, but it also helped her to evolve as an artist, while creating something completely different. This is an artist’s constant quest. The class gave her the possibility to use Tech Shop’s facilities, which are exclusively ‘members only’, while playing with another idea – jewelry. The idea of creating wearable art is something she adores. The laser cutter makes each piece an intricate and detailed combination of “the exploration of geometry and the playful representation of shapes.” The laser cut technique allows all pieces to match her perfect vision of them. Jessica is the main motor behind this San Francisco based company. They have already been featured in Dwell Magazine’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide, a great showcase that strives to encourage modern designers. After only one year of working with this technique, the company has been so well received by clients that it has become her sole focus.
Not only are the designs inspired by her relationship with nature, but she also has a strong commitment to remain environmentally aware using recycled material as much as possible. When asked about her best sellers she mentions the water drop earrings and the water drop necklace. This comes as no surprise given their attention grabbing design. They are also made with bamboo, which makes them lightweight and durable. “I love watching my designs come to life with the laser cutter and then seeing those pieces become part of someone else’s life through use or wear.”
To read the full article about Folia, please flip to page 60 in the Holiday 2012 issue:
Folia jewelry is available at Graffiti Beach – 2220 Fern St., San Diego Ca and online at www.ShopGraffitiBeach.com
Article by Samia Lavenant