Today we’d like to introduce you to John and Corliss Rose.
2-Roses is a collaboration of designers Corliss, and John. The studio, located in Southern California, is focused on producing one-of-a-kind and limited-edition adornment and objects d’ art, and is well known for its use of a wide range of highly unorthodox materials. The studio output is eclectic by design, and often blended with an irreverent sense of humor. 2Roses designs are sold in 42 countries world-wide and are exhibited in major art institutions in the US, Europe and China.
John started working professionally at the age of 12. Corliss began her art career at the age of 7. They are both the product of a formal and classical art education in which they apprenticed at a very early age. They have worked as professional artists all their lives.
Over the years they have worked in a broad spectrum of media in addition to metals and lapidary arts, including fine art, commercial illustration, computer design, furniture, fabric, leather, culinary arts, floral design, stage craft, product design, display, motion pictures and multimedia.
Please tell us about your art.
As polymaths our creative output spans many disciplines including fashion, furniture, entertainment, and architecture, but the studio is best known for its jewelry and adornment. Jewelry represents a duality for the studio. On one had 2Roses is well known in the contemporary art jewelry world for cutting edge work that pushes boundaries of material and technique. On the other hand the studio is kept busy by museums and institutions from all of the world doing restoration and repair because of their skill in ancient jewelry and metal working techniques.
The studio’s contemporary jewelry is often heavily laced with cross-cultural references and humor. This is jewelry that gets noticed and commented on – by design. 2Roses jewelry is collected and worn by notables in the worlds of politics, entertainment, the arts and business.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success, for us, is simply being able to do what we want artistically. This freedom is aided and abetted by a deep understanding of the business principles that drive the art world. We were fortunate that these fundamentals were taught to us at an early age, during our apprenticeships. Many artists, particularly in the United States, are only taught technique. The business of art is all too often looked on with disdain in art schools. This lack of practical “how to make a living” know-how often leaves young artists at a severe disadvantage upon graduation.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
2Roses accepts approximately 20-24 private commissions from individuals each year. The studio also produces one-of-a-kind work for museum exhibitions all over the world. The studio regularly publishes on social media to provide the public with a glimpse “behind the curtain” showing how pieces are made. Limited edition items can be purchased directly from the studio website at http://www.2Roses.com
- Address: 360 E. 1st Street
- Website: http://www.2Roses.com
- Phone: 7147310480
- Email: john@2Roses.com
- Instagram: 2RosesJewelry
- Facebook: 2Roses