Cursive Design is a Chicago-based jewelry line founded by Sarah Fox in 2007. Each piece is made by hand and inspired by the playful use of color, the juxtaposition of intriguing materials and unique moments found in nature. We’re thrilled to have the fun and totally wearable line in store, and we chatted with Sarah to get more insight behind the pieces. Click through for the full interview.
Can you give us a background of your design process- from an idea to completion?
SF: Each collection grows and builds from the previous ones, so in that sense ideas are always cooking and progressing. This season, I was inspired by sunset fades which built off my interest in ombre and dip dyeing from my past collections. I do a combination of sketching and physically playing with materials in the studio while I work out the design kinks. It is obsessive and consumes much of my brain power. I lay in bed at night and go over connection points or whatever the specific technical problem is. One of the hardest parts is deciding when a piece is “done”. Deadlines are really important and photo-shoots are scheduled well in advance for this reason.
Is there a Cursive Design ‘girl’ that you design for? Who do you imagine wearing your pieces?
SF: I think about how women can playfully style these pieces into their wardrobe. I believe the “Cursive Design girl” collects design in all forms, but views jewelry as a main component in her outfit building. She enjoys wearing pieces that gets her noticed and she’s not afraid of a pop of color. She’s seeking out her perfect balance of feminine/masculine, serious/fun, and geometric/organic. Undoubtedly, she’s all of the best adjectives, has a charming laugh, and enjoys a mean taco.
How are your designs reflections of yourself/your personal style?
SF: My upbringing and life experience completely inform my work. I grew up in North Dakota, surrounded by open land. My family taught me an appreciation and respect of what small town/farming life is like. At age 19 I chose to move away and study art in more populous/metropolitan areas of the country. That provided a diverse and intriguing mix of people, food, entertainment, art and culture that I craved. They are two drastically different ways of life and I happen to completely enjoy both. Right now I live in Chicago and I’m absolutely in love with my life here, but I also long for a huge garden in the country, some peace and freakin’ quite, and a couple of dogs to go hiking with. For me Cursive has always paralleled my country/city balancing act with it’s mix of materials, shapes and colors.
Where do you see Cursive going from here? What can we look forward to seeing from you next?
SF: Five years ago when I started Cursive, I designed jewelry and a small offering of home accessories. About two years in, I dropped the home accessories line and decided to focus solely on the jewelry. I can definitely see myself incorporating more non-jewelry items into the mix again when the time is right. I am also working on some collaborative work with a few designers I admire. It’s definitely a new experience to work with others and flesh out ideas, but I love the challenge and opportunity to learn. The spirit of my business and work these past five years has been all about experimentation and a rotating mix of materials, techniques, and ideas. Working with others expands on these explorations in a new exciting way for me.
Thanks Sarah! Shop Cursive Design here.