After a 30-year career in graphic design, Nancy Marland had decided at age 55 to branch out into the world of jewelry design. “I wanted to move away from the computer and work with my hands,” said Marland in a statement to Fifty Plus Advocate. “Knowing change was inevitable I was exploring possible avenues to take my creativity. I had worked with ceramics for a number of years, eventually leading to working with silver metal clay, which led to designing jewelry.”
After four and a half years, Nancy Marland Jewelry has become a profitable business venture as the owner is looking forward to developing further in the future.
“The career I was leaving had seen better days,” she said. “Changes in technology during the last decade have placed graphic design capabilities into the hands of virtually everyone, making it increasingly hard for me to make a living. Plus, I just desperately needed a change.”
Marland had initially been staring at the computer monitor and examining page layouts during her time as a self-employed graphic designer. Now, she's working with sterling silver and polymer clay, shaping the material into "wearable art."
According to Marland, “Jewelry is so personal. It’s about how people want to adorn and express themselves. Designing jewelry uses my whole brain, between designing the art element and engineering it so that it falls correctly and is comfortable to wear.”
Growing up in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Marland's family would often sail out on Long Island Sound. She has lived in Swampscott on the North Shore for 25 years now, and the ocean themes in her jewelry design reflect the place in which she lives. One of her collections is simply called Water. The aesthetic of her seaside home has surely influenced the designs of her jewelry.
“I find inspiration from many sources in nature, but particularly water — to explore,
abstract, and distill the
Information originally sourced from Fifty Plus Advocate.