Lissa Bowie knows how fortuitous life can be if you allow yourself to be immersed in the opportunities it gives you. She has taken chances on herself and on her jewelry line equally. On an early wintry morning in Canada, she found the time to disclose her sources of inspiration and her genuine beliefs in the energy of the every day and how she finds the alchemy and gemstones in her works can enrich the individual histories of the lives those who wear them. Residing between Taxco Mexico and these northern climes, Bowie has the rare combination of experimentation and soulfulness to create both of her signature lines in classic and bolder looks.
How did you get started?
I came upon my means by chance; I took that chance and I have been so fortunate to have been able to dabble in many different scenarios of the jewelry world. I started out learning the art of jewelry at George Brown College in Toronto, learning the practice from start to finish, from gemstones to design.
Later on, using what I learned, I went on to work at a retail jewelry store and eventually began buying and designing for the shop where I worked. During that time, I had an amazing opportunity to study design in New York. From there I went on to traveling and buying in both India and finally in Mexico, where I made my second home about 14 years ago. Here I elaborate the collection alongside a team of master metalsmiths.
What are the objectives of your look?
I have developed two pretty distinct lines and I love them both so much. Wearing a piece from either can change you from the inside out! Both compliment each other and really make a statement together or apart. One of them is my Classic collection of #musthaves which has a sweet, light, feminine-flirty, clean-line kind of feel. They are my favourite layering pieces and everyday staples. The other is Bolder: consisting of one-of-a-kind pieces that assert confidence and provoke an extravagant identity. I’ve been told that the lines are very recognizable and are often a topic of conversation – which flatters me beyond belief!
Are there any inspirations from your childhood that remain in your current designs?
Inspiration comes when I let myself be… I tend to over-think and sometimes I really need to step back! Inspo is in my everyday everything and when the moment is right instinct takes over and my hands work quicker than my mind.
Are there any artists, architects, designers, films, music, or literature that have influenced your jewelry aesthetic?
Well, like I said, I’m inspired by everything. I really love the technology right now especially Instagram where I more often get to see actual people wearing my pieces I think that they are my greatest Inspiration. Each piece has its own little history with me having been passed through many hands and many different moments the fact that people take this little part of me with them and make their own histories just blows me away!
What are you most excited about in your upcoming design work?
I’m really excited always about everything work-related!
I’ve got some great stackers on their way, pretty stones Oh! and some leather chokers…!!! Hoping to give you a great surprise!
My favourite piece?
Impossible to choose each one gives me exactly what I need!