meet janet of lingua nigra
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
Hi! I'm a Brooklyn based jewelry designer. I work and create from my home studio and love the process of creating art based jewelry.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
I make jewelry. I like to call it "work" because I hope that it's more like art than just jewelry. I create work in natural objects like beetle wings or shells. I also create work in brass, bronze, sterling silver and 18kt gold. I loooove jewelry so much.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A MAKER?
I took a jewelry class when I was very young and it really sparked my interest in design. I thought I was going to become a fashion designer, but life had other plans for me! I got my degree in jewelry design and worked in the industry. From working with small designers to larger companies, I have done it all for about 16 years. All the while, I've worked on my own brand. I've been self employed for almost 7 years, I've had the brand for over 10.
WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS THE BEST?
Hmmm, I'm not sure if they're "the best", but they definitely are the best to me! The quality is top notch and I work on every piece myself. Everything is produced in the USA and I do the production on my own. I do all the quality control and really take pride in my work.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE.
My space is magical. It's the main bedroom in my apartment. Everything is almost in arms reach (for the most part). I have several tables and chairs and love when friends come over to hang and create with me! The natural sunlight is crazy and I love working with all the windows open during the spring or just with the shades up. My plants give me life and also liven up the space.
TELL US ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND YOUR PRODUCTS?
You can find me on all the social medias at Lingua Nigra! I live on instagram via LinguaNigra. Etsy - LinguaNigra. My own website www.linguanigra.com This spring and summer I'll be making the circut doing Renegades and West Coast Craft in San Fran! Check out my blog for updates (www.linguanigra.com)
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I'm originally from the South Side of Chicago. I'm the product of magnet elementary school and a magnet high school. I moved to New York at 19 to study Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?
My newest work has made me pretty excited to design! I found some dentalium shells while on a world tour of vending on the Pacific Northwest and didn't know how I was going to work with them. You can check out the details on the site. I think they look pretty amazing, if I say so myself!
IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Omg, I want to learn everything! I actually just graduated with another degree last year and am itching to go back to school! I am eager to learn lapidary, which is stone cutting and shaping. I don't use stones that much in my work, but collect them like I do! I have a problem yall.
COFFEE OR TEA?
Tea all day. With lemon.
ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
I am a true night owl. I like to work until the sun comes up. I love when the city is asleep. I feel like I can think with the surrounding quiet.
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHILE YOU'RE MAKING?
I usually just play my own music, which is truly a mix of everything. When I get bored with that, I listen to some favorite podcasts like "Neck of the Woods", "The Friend Zone", "The Read", and a few others. During the evening I'll switch to Netflix and watch a ton of documentaries.
SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.
- I've lived alone for 15 years
- I once auditioned for Rent, even though I had never seen the musical (I was the first person in the line to get a callback!)
- I plan to visit every country in Central America (is that a fact)
- I've been a pescetarian for 20 years (fish only, former vegetarian!)
- I have three college degrees - Fashion Design, Jewelry Design, English with a minor in Cultural Anthropolgy