Hello, dear readers. One special new feature we’ve added this year is the occasional spotlight on one of our contributors. Inherent in the mission statement of The Bright Side Project is the unspoken belief that to “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” is an absolutely essential component in creating a happy and healthy lifestyle. Every now and then, we will ask our contributors to answer a few short questions on the ideas of happiness, creativity and sunshine. We hope these rays of light help inspire you to find the sunshine in your day, today and everyday.
Today we are honored to introduce you to Angi from Tiny Armour!
1. Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
My name is Angi Glenn-Quincy and I live in Los Angeles California where I am the sole creator and designer behind the jewelry line Tiny Armour. My artistic background began with working in the film and animation business for 8 years. I started designing jewelry in 2000 when I desired a more solo creative pursuit and have never looked back. My line has evolved from hand strung necklaces made of mixed chains and stones, to creating my own hand carved pieces from wax that are then cast in metal at a factory in L.A. All of my pieces are designed and hand assembled with love by me.
For Tiny Armour, jewelry is more of an interest in art and sculptural design than it is about creating luxury items. My choice of less precious materials really dictates the aesthetic of my line, which tends to be more graphic and bold. If I were to design my pieces using expensive materials I wouldn’t be able to make them so accessible. I’m trying to focus on making pieces that are classic and wearable, but also have a unique touch without being too trendy. I like the challenge of making a really simple piece, but refining it until it feels fresh and modern. I think this is where the influence of graphic design seeps in. I’m visually obsessed with graphic art, logos, and fonts, but for me, jewelry is the medium in which I’m able to translate all of that. I’ve had several people tell me my line is like the “graphic design of jewelry”.
Other visual influences include the geometric quality of architecture, indigenous textile design, and the raw textures of nature. I was raised in the mountains of colorado, so healing stones, crystals, and the color palette of nature play a big part in my designs. There are opposing design elements in my style choices which I try to balance out. I like the pieces to feel feminine and beautiful while maintaining an organic industrial quality to them as well. I think that balance is what makes a piece feel more timeless, interesting, and wearable.
2. We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
This mantra sums up my entire life at the moment. I set out on a path to create jewelry that I wanted to wear, and to be able to share with my family and friends. In return, I have created a successful business that supports my creative energy while allowing me to work mostly from home with my two children. I have found that putting good energy and focus into the things I value most does become a system that works, and never feels like “work”. I also love that what “I do” is create special relics for others. Since jewelry is such a personal item I am able to offer a token of happiness, whether it’s for a special occasion or just an everyday piece that becomes part of one’s identity.
3. Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?
The beautiful idiosyncrasies of my children is pure magic, but if I need to search elsewhere nature never fails. A walk in the forest is all it takes to awaken my creative spirit.
4. On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?
On a dreary day I like to wander around by myself and just look at things-whether it’s window shopping, a gallery show, or a walk through the park. If I’m stuck at home an impromptu dance party with my kids always cheers me up!
5. At this very moment, what are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for my creative and loving family. With the continued support of my husband, who is also an artist, I have been able to make my dreams a reality. I am also very grateful for our health, and the opportunity to share this exciting adventure together!
Check back later today for amazing giveaway from Tiny Armour!