ARTIST INTERVIEW: Margaret Hinge of Hinge Designs
Margaret Hinge of Hinge Designs is drawn to the natural world, she strives to make work that responds to the materials in front of her. From rocks to feathers to metal, she studies materiality and works 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 made by hand and carry it with you. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design she has built her creative practice in a magical studio in Providence, RI.
Describe the path that led you to the work you do now.
I have always made jewelry, ever since I was a child I would adorn myself with whatever I could get my hands on. I love color and patterns. I took a glass carving class in college, after a trip to a friends local stone shop I realized I could use the same techniques with stone. While carving I wanted to find a way to make pieces that showcased the stone in its entirety without the barriers of metal. This lead to the rings and later the earrings made entirely out of just the stone itself.
Do you have any objects you like to keep around you as inspiration? What are they?
I have a small collection of wood block stamps that I got on a trip to India that sit on my bench that always take me back to the memories of being surrounded by the colors, smells and textures of the markets. There is also a giant orchid cactus that lives in my studio, its not mine, but my studio mates and I all come together when it blooms once a year. I love the anticipation of watching its bright red flowers come out as a sign of spring.
How is your work inspired by or influenced by nature and your surroundings?
Weather it was growing up in the woods of Upstate New York, I spent my days outside exploring creeks, finding wild orchids, and catching crayfish. Or our yearly pilgrimage to the Cape, where I would cart home every beach stone and shell I could find. I have always felt the most myself surrounded by the natural world. Today I am still constantly in awe of the incredible treasures that our mother earth creates and that I get to work with such incredible materials.
What do you do, or where do you go to seek fresh ideas or renewed creative energy?
I go to the ocean. The fresh air and the crash of the waves reminds me slow down and remember that there are bigger things out there.
What is a new idea you have been working with recently?
I have been working with a whole stone and slicing it into slivers to create necklaces. It starts to tell a story with the colors and shapes that transform throughout the stone. I love finding new colors and lines that you can’t see from the outside.