Today we’d like to introduce you to Raegen Knight.
Raegen, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I went to art school because I wanted to study fashion design. All of the foundation classes that the first year opened up so many new worlds for me, though. I fell in love with printmaking, metal arts, painting, and art history. I took classes in everything because I just couldn’t limit myself to one medium. After I graduated, I got a master’s degree in arts administration; I felt it would be a practical way to be involved in the arts. I worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia and The Getty Center in Los Angeles and I did my art on the side. When my first son was born, I left full-time work and continued dabbling in art. Then, a few years ago, my metal smithing started to grow into a small business. I’m so happy to be working in my studio in my garage, and I still bounce around – painting, drawing, dyeing, and doing whatever else I can whenever I have the time.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I started a small jewelry line a few years ago, mainly to offer minimal pieces and wearable basics that my friends and I often had a hard time finding. All of my pieces are hand-fabricated by me in my studio garage. I use sterling silver, and gold-filled metals, both of which I’m happy to say are recycled and milled in the US. Any stones I use are also American-mined or lab-grown. Sustainability is the key question we need to be asking ourselves right now, so I hope that I’m contributing positively on that front. I create jewelry because I love it so much – it’s one of the oldest human art forms. Connecting to our history in that way is so gratifying to me, and it’s my aspiration to honor that history with beautiful designs and sustainable production practice.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I think artists have been powerful political spokespeople for a long time and, happily, I don’t see any of that changing. I think the advent of social media has made it a lot easier for artists and others to have a stronger voice. Climate destabilization is one of our biggest global threats right now. By looking at my work, people wouldn’t be able to see any connection there, but by knowing its story, they would. Jewelry often has a shameful supply chain – environmental degradation and unsafe and unfair labor practices, but people can feel good about buying locally made jewelry that uses recycled metal and synthetic or American-mined stones. That’s why is so important for us to know the story behind the things we buy.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
In North Park, San Diegans can find my pieces at The Creative Marketplace. I’m so happy to be a part of that community. It’s a combination workshop and retail space that’s a collective of female makers. It’s run by Hatched Collective, a community building space for women entrepreneurs. People can also find my jewelry on my website or in other stores in Southern California. I also do a lot of art shows, and I encourage everyone to visit those, to talk to the artists, and support them however you can. I love being at art shows and meeting visitors and other artists. Stronger communities is how we get things done, and I think art shows are a great way to start building that.
- Website: https://raegenknight.com
- Phone: 949-478-2055
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raegenknight
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raegenknightjewelry/