Inspiration comes from many different places for all artists, but for Seville Michelle, the heart of her work comes from her experiences as the daughter of immigrants.
From growing up in Queens to having her work worn by models on Vogue Italia, Vogue Japan, and by countless celebrities, Seville Michelle has us dreaming with her handmade jewelry.
Though her work has become incredibly recognized and worn by the most A-List celebrities, where Seville’s artistry stems from is just as awe-inspiring.
When asked where her inspiration comes from, Seville told BeLatina: “I do come from a people of struggle and a people who rely on imagination to improve their environment. And so [I’m] using the community as a way to create accessories and jewelry that have connected with all kinds of women — especially women in music — but also the girls that grew up in the same buildings as those famous very women who sing on stages.”
Since her teenage years, Seville has been passionate about accessorizing and has now been a jewelry designer for 11 years. As a teen, she was notorious for wearing big, eclectic accessories and always knew that she could turn any outfit better with the right earrings, necklaces, or bracelets.
From a young age, one of her biggest inspirations was her mother, who grew up in Cuba but had to leave due to the political conditions in the 1960s. Her mother was always making costumes for different things, always cooking, and always making ceramics, which all became root influences for Seville’s design work later on in life.
With a Cuban and Greek background, Seville’s work is also directly influenced by her ancestors’ cultures. She reckons that people connect with her work because “there is something there that they feel, and in some ways [her] magic carries the songs of [her] ancestors and the need to improve all of our lives.”
For anyone with an idea and looking to turn that into a business, Seville advises to “start small; start with one idea and exasperate that idea. So introduce one idea and do that idea in variations. And repetition is really key.” To other artists, it is also essential to focus on creating anchor pieces as a designer, so people recognize your work when they see them.
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