ARTIST INTERVIEW: Margaret Hinge of Hinge Designs
Margaret is drawn to natural materials; she strives to make work that responds to the materials in front of her, working with color and form to create her evocative jewels. She has been collecting and making for as long as she can remember. As a child she was mesmerized by beads, cords and any other material she could get her hands on. Jewelry was the best outlet for this fascination, being able to take something hand made and carry it with you. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design she has built her creative practice in a magical studio located in Providence, RI. We spoke to Margaret about her inspiration and creative process.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
I’ve been creating ever since I was a child, I decided to go to art school and fell in love with jewelry and the ability to create small wearable sculptures. I will be forever inspired by form, material and color. I started working with stones after taking a glass carving class, I found that working directly with natural stones gave me the opportunity to showcase the incredible colors and details in each stone without the barrier of metal.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
While I am not from California, I feel that my work is inspired by natural materials and the elements, especially the sea and sky. I spend as much time as I can by the ocean on either coast.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
I am so lucky to have a incredible studio space to work from out. I could not get by without my large windows and their natural light. My incredible plants especially my favorite orchid cactus that blooms once a year. And my stone collection, while I cut stones all day long there are a few pieces that I treasure and have held onto and kept whole over the years.