In this final installment of our Creativity series, we talk to amazing jewelry designer Tara Locklear! Read ahead as she talks about her love of '90s hip hop, the podcasts she finds inspiring, and so much more.
Who are you and what do you do that's cool and creative?
Hi, my name is Tara Locklear and I make jewelry from broken skateboards and other hard woods.
How do you define creativity?
Creativity or being creative for me is more than just making and creating objects with my hands. It is also about always thinking outside of the box. Questioning everything and wondering how to make my own. I find that my creativity happens not only in the jewelry I make everyday but also in the way I approach anything that I do.
What do you listen to (or watch or read!) when you're looking for inspiration?
Mostly people watching and being in any environment inspires me. How individuals dress themselves and how people design their daily looks. I am
extremely inspired by color. I use color as a material in everything that I
do so I am constantly looking at color stories in buildings, nature, homes or anywhere that I travel. I love watching design documentaries such as The Vignelli’s and Bill Cunningham NY. Seeing how design creativity is influenced and executed beyond what I make is intriguing and educational for me.
When I am in the studio I definitely have my podcasts on or music filling the room. Some of my top favorites are 99% Invisible and Mortified.
They both have such different content but always intrigue me with knowledge and moments of familiarity in my memories. The same rings true for my favorite music channels such as 90s Hip Hop House Party on Songza and Produced by the Neptunes. These music channels always bring me back to a time when music always moved my feet and my mind.
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How does music influence your creative pursuit?
Music is actually a very big starting ground for me. I am a big hip hop buff and find such inspiration in the designs and power jewelry played in the '80s and '90s. It was definitely always the main presence on the musician
on the stage and in the music videos. Yes, I am an MTV early years
watcher! Lol! Jewelry was always very powerful and always a statement.
Do you find yourself particularly drawn to types of music when you're working/creating versus when you're just enjoying life and doing something less focused?
I actually have music for moments or moods, so to speak. The quiet sounds of Bon Iver and Tracey Thorn always soothes my mind when I am feeling hectic and Jay-Z or Q-Tip are my mainstays for keeping the energy alive and feet moving while pumping through the day.
Is there something specific you can listen to that immediately pulls you out of a slump?
Yes! Michael Jackson!
Was there a particular song/album/artist that struck or inspired you when you were younger?
Everything But The Girl.
Thank you so much to Tara for talking with us! We'll be back with another round of cool and creative people in just a few months!