“Spending time by myself creating has always been what I retreat to. I could never say that it happened in a conscious way to make jewelry, but some undeniable, unexplainable force must have a plan for me because one of my treasured items is a necklace I made around the age of seven, I made and sold intricately woven beaded necklaces in high school and I did decide to go to Rhode Island School of Design to pursue metalworking (and stuck to it even though it was not until years after college that I created something in metal that I felt like my spirit was in it.) I don’t know that I have a choice over the matter. And yet I choose to do this every single day. I am dedicated, curious. I have a gravitational pull towards how humans express themselves. A voice–especially the non-verbal kind. How our inner world is expressed in an outward way-BEAUTY. Jewelry fits quite wonderfully into that. Feel its beauty, your beauty.
In my studio I try to keep the materials, chemicals and practices employed as low-impact and environmentally conscious as possible. I buy my metal from Hoover & Strong’s Harmony Line, which is 100% recycled. I use Citrus Pickle and biodegradable soaps. I reuse packaging materials and source materials that had a previous life instead of buying new. I also enjoy supporting local or US companies.” -Raissa Bump