We had the good fortune of connecting with Jovana Morrison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jovana, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk. Well, getting up in the morning is a risk. But some risks are more intimidating than others. Risk is uncomfortable but necessary. It has been my experience that most of the risks I have taken in my life have turned out pretty well. Also there is the risk of not taking chances. It’s a foregone conclusion that most new businesses fail. So why bother? I just can’t help myself, I want to make jewelry. I am doing the work. I am studying the market. And I am looking for a path to success. Success being defined as making a living doing what I love. Who could ask for more than that?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I believe what sets me apart as a jewelry designer is my sculptural approach with an Avant-garde sensibility. I am most proud of being able to develop my metal working skills with little help and improvising techniques for mix media designs. As far as how I got where I am…….I haven’t really “arrived” yet. However, I started with nothing but a bunch of ideas in my head utilizing leather, wood and stone. Then my husband (the glass artist) suggested I might use glass in some of my designs. All of a sudden, I had a world of glass manipulating tools at my disposal! This opened up a new avenue of creativity. It wasn’t easy. There is a huge learning curve when it comes to shaping glass and metal. And doing it right. When you get it to do what you want, it is very satisfying. I have also learned that not everybody likes my particular style. You have to decide if you are working for “the masses” or if you will stay true to your own voice. Not everything that pops into my head is important………but some of the visions I get are almost sacred. I want to reach the person who doesn’t move with the crowd. Who’s minds are truly open to new experiences. The weirdos, the beatniks. the confident.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, here you have me at a disadvantage. I’m not a hipster. I don’t “get around”. I do not know all the cool spots. But, I am hoping that my sister in Peru will be visiting soon…….and there are places I would love to show her in Texas. I would love to take her to the beaches of Galveston. And to visit NASA on the way back. Of course we must visit my favorite local restaurants here in the city of McKinney. Apart from that I will simply adore spending time with my beloved sister. I can’t wait!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a Shoutout to my artist husband and best friend for his constant encouragement, help and support over the years on my journey. I also want to Shoutout to my family back in Peru for their unconditional love and affection.