Normally we Revolver/Voyager ladies aren't the types to develop a sort of, what would you call it? A "girl-crush?" Over the years we have developed a sense of maturity and composure despite our sometimes embarrassing fan-girl attitudes for talented people. We are no longer fifteen, when all fashion, art and design was squealing heart palpitations followed by several, overly enthusiastic exclamation points. We no longer dot our I's with hearts. Our body piercings have long closed up. We are, for goodness sake, grown women.
But once in a while at a party or through mutual friends, we meet her. That woman who nonchalantly walks into a room and just blows our fan-girl mind.
She has killer, unique personal style that is utterly e f f o r t l e s s. She is a working creative who has an endless supply of good ideas. She is cool, yet down-to-earth. She has the most amazing name. She doesn't mind getting dirty, even if she's wearing Dries Van Noten. And always, always, she has, at some point, rocked a bad ass bob.
This is Faris and she is one of those women.
In anticipation for our July pop-up with her at the Voyager Shop, we interviewed Faris about her awesome style, missing the Bay Area and her beautiful jewelry line.
How did you go from working at an architecture firm to designing jewelry?
Within the architecture firm, I was a self-taught graphic designer that wiggled my way into a creative position. It was a great experience working in a firm to understand a more corporate perspective but I was a bit anxious challenging myself creatively. I realized I loved to make things, curious on the process of creation. I set up a little studio in each of my homes and took evening and night classes whenever I could manage. I always dreamt of having my own accessory line, and jewelry seemed like a natural place to start. So I got a torch, saw, anvil, flex shaft and hammers.
What is your process like? Do you come up with a concept first or do you just start creating?
My process is a bit scattered, or rather there doesn't seem to maintain consistency. My eye often finds patterns or hues that carry a magnet like attraction. Imagery stands still in my brain and I begin to sketch. It's often that I don't realized what my full inspiration was until I'm finished, or while I'm in process. But once I fully identify it, I create a mood board and find a muse. Sometimes she's based off of real figures in my life, but most of the time she's imaginary. So there are often pieces that were made prior to my realized concept and there are pieces that are derived directly from it.
You started your line and developed it in the Bay Area. Since you moved the business to Seattle. What are things you miss about the Bay? Does Bay Area culture still influence your work today?
I miss the flavor of the Bay. I stayed in Oakland and had an amazing community around me. We'd garden together, cook together and just laugh a whole lot together. Creatively I've grown tremendously this year in Seattle, but socially I miss it a bunch. I think my time in the Bay Area will always influence my work, it is part of me always. That being said, Seattle and the Bay are extremely similar, Seattle just has a lot more water and is a little more vanilla.
There seems to be a strong shift in the fashion world from inexpensive, fast fashion to hand crafted, ethically conscious goods. Do you think this is a "new trend" or a permanent shift in our fashion culture?
I truly hope it's a permanent shift. I think as our limited resources are realized and environmental awareness elevate, our purchasing habits will follow suit. It's the issue of our era. Ethically conscious goods are like the Yves Saint Laurent's pantsuit in the 60's, it just makes more sense. But we're battling this sense of extreme consumption and short trend cycles that the internet has offered. I hope the former prevails. I most certainly participate in it.
Your jewelry seems to have a sculptural, minimal design but also has a bit of a laid back, hip-hop vibe to it. Are there any artists that you can't stop listening to in the studio?
I used to be the biggest hip-hop head and neo-soul fanatic, but have fallen off, light-weight. Badu in the morning. Kendrick while grinding. Frank Ocean after lunch. And every studio needs to bump Beyonce in the final hours. My interns are always playing something fun and new as well, I really like King Krule, Shlohmo and FKA Twigs.
You have awesome personal style. What are some of the biggest influences on your personal aesthetic?
Thank you. I mean comfort really runs my aesthetic, except for shoes. I'll wear some really uncomfortable shoes from time to time. I love the personal styles of Yasmin Sewell, Rei Kawakubo and Solange.
Any designers that are blowing your mind right now?
Celine, Comme des Garçon, Dries Van Noten and Marni, always. I've been also really captivated by Proenza Schouler, Haider Ackermann, Gareth Pugh and Creatures of Comfort.
What kind of concept are you working on for your next collection?
I've been drawn to the negatives of my shapes quite a bit. They carry a more honest form, that's unexpected and interesting. So using those forms, and crafting lines of minimalism. I'll still have some bold expressions weaved in, because jewelry is meant to adorn and bling.
We are kicking off the July pop-up with a little party on July 3rd! Meet Faris in person and join us in celebrating talented women on the West Coast.