Tell us a little bit about yourself & the brand.
I just moved back to Brooklyn after a year spent on Block Island in San Francisco. I grew up about an hour North of the city and it seems like people from all walks of my life are here! My family is incredibly important to me so being close to them is great.
I started the brand a little under a year ago with a vision of making very delicate, simple pieces using only gold wire and beads from my ever-growing collection.
How did you get into designing jewelry?
I was first introduced to jewelry-making through a dear family friend, the late Kazuko Oshima, an artist who sold her work at Barney's. Kazuko really took me under her wing when I was very young (13!) and opened the world of gems up to me. From there I studied painting and sculpture in college and went on to spend two years on the design team at David Yurman composing layouts for his one-of-a-kind beaded necklaces. You should see his bead collection!!!
What are the main influences behind your brand and its current designs?
I am always inspired by the stones themselves - each piece that I make is one-of-a-kind because every stone is a slightly different size & shape. Currently, I'm loving a neutral color palette with lots of pearls and have been looking at a lot of old sculptures who surprisingly dabbled in jewelry.
What pieces are you wearing right now?
I am layering all my necklaces! A pearl choker, with one chain necklace and a fringe on leather pieces and you'll always catch me with a few cuffs!
What pieces inspire you as a designer?
Like so many, I am in awe of nature and find so much of my work and tendencies drawn from it. I grew up on Block Island in the summers, and the ocean, grasses and open sky are very important to me. I also find so much inspiration from fine art - Growing up as the daughter of an art dealer and a photographer, I have been surrounded by artwork my entire life and always refer back to my roots for inspiration. Some of my favorites include Matisse (especially for his line quality), Irving Penn's still-lives, and Ellsworth Kelly's sculpture.
Best advice someone has given you that has kept you going and growing?
"Conquer the things that make you uncomfortable."
My older brother can be very difficult, but he is always striving to be his best, his most intelligent, efficient self and expects the same out of those who surround him. He said this to me in casual conversation and it stuck with me. In order to move forward and grow we have to closely examine our weaknesses and work hard to master them.
Your idea of happiness?
Taking a run on the beach at the end of the day with my dog and my man followed by the sunset and a nice home cooked meal...call me traditional.
Top 3 songs on your Fall playlist.
- "Opossum" by Wardell (I went to college with Sasha and her voice is a force to be reckoned with)
- "Taro" by Alto-J (Amazing!)
- "Ungirthed" by Purity Ring
Where can Hautestreet viewers find Mary MacGill jewelry?
If you could pick any celebrity to wear your designs who would it be and why?
Lea Seydoux or Mélanie Lauren because I LOVE my French Actresses!
What can we look forward to in Mary MacGill jewelry in 2014?
Larger stones and a very modern & clean look. I am also working on a higher-end 18k line that allows me to invest in some incredible pieces. There are some really interesting materials on the market right now.