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MUSE OF SEPTEMBER

MUSE OF SEPTEMBER

Brittany

Muse of September

Sweet September, you will be missed. It's a good thing we still have our friend and local artist Brittany Bergamo around... and she's just as sweet!

Brittany has been a long time supporter of ONE SIX FIVE Jewelry, we even made her wedding rings! She recently launched her online shop (brittanybergamo.com) where you'll find her minimalistic drawings and digital illustrations.
Oh, we also have some in our shop!

We spoke with Brittany about her life, dreams and everyday life. Read more below!

Brittany Bergamo Whalen Print

SO, TELL US ABOUT YOU. WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS?

I'd definitely say that art and creating top the list of my passions. I have such a love and admiration for minimalism and abstract expressionism - both movements are so uniquely their own and have a strong influence on my work. I'm also really passionate about making connections with other creatives. Being around creative people, regardless of background, really motivates me to do more and put myself out there.

WE ARE OFTEN INFLUENCED BY INDIVIDUAL STYLE. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURS?

My style is very simple, comfortable and functional. Denim is an everyday staple and I tend to stick to neutrals with pops of color. Right now I'm really into pale pinks and warm yellows!

YOUR CURRENT BODY OF WORK PLAYS WITH COMPOSITION, SIMPLE MARKS AND THE BALANCE OF NEGATIVE SPACE. ANY IDEA WHAT YOU WILL EXPLORE NEXT?

I want to go larger! I've taken a break from drawing to focus on my digital work recently and I'd really like to get back to that. Expect to see more neutrals, selective use of colors and larger formats! There will still be plenty of negative space in new pieces, though. That's my sweet spot and obsession.

IF YOU WERE AN OBJECT, WHAT WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?

Not technically an object, but I would totally be denim. It's timeless, strong and simple, which are attributes I always strive for.

Brittany Bergamo

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ITERATION? WHAT’S YOUR PROCESS?

My process is relatively open, but repetition definitely exists. My work is about explorations in form, space and feeling. I tend to take a lot in based on my surroundings while also considering how I'm feeling, or what I'm thinking. I usually start with simple marks that pull from what I'm viewing or have recently viewed (interiors and architecture are big inspirations) and see where that takes me. I interpret the surroundings by overlapping both expressive and rigid marks, with each mark representing a specific moment, or objective fragment. I always want the composition of each piece to flow, while also leaving plenty of room for negative space.

WHAT INSPIRES THE NAME OF EACH PRINT OR DRAWING?

I really like to play around with how I title my pieces and recently I've been more open to how I come up with them. That said, I always want my pieces to be authentic and honest to my process so lately I have titled pieces based on things I'm thinking while creating. I really like the ambiguous, personal and simple aspects associated with that process.

Brittany Bergamo Whalen

LET’S SAY YOU’RE ABOUT TO EMBARK ON A GRAND ADVENTURE, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE… WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

I would really love to travel back to Paris - there's something about the architecture there that is so beautiful and inspiring. Tag on a trip to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland for some serious color admiration and it would be the perfect adventure for me. Throughout, there would definitely be lots of eating, sketching, people watching and finding out what the locals like to do.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT OF THIS PAST SUMMER?

Reworking my website and finally getting the nerve up to open an online shop! I had considered doing it for a while, but was always so nervous about actually taking the leap. I would be lying if I said that nervousness is completely gone now that it's open, but the excitement of it all definitely outweighs it.

Brittany is styled wearing the Sunshine Hoops, Sunshine Ring and Chunky Stacking Ring from the ONE SIX FIVE Jewelry AW17 collection.