Mar 6, 2015

5 Questions For: Sarah Loertscher

Sarah Loertscher's latest jewelry collection was inspired by transmission electron microscope images captured by her sister-in-law. 

Name: Sarah Loertscher       
Title: Designer / Jewelry Maker

Which of your designs or projects are you most excited about right now?
I just launched a capsule collection called ACICULAR, meaning “needle-shaped,” a term usually used to describe crystal morphology. ACICULAR was inspired by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imagery captured by my sister-in-law, Cynthia Loertscher. The collection is influenced by the transparent black-and-white imagery of nano-sized crystal particles of the mineral goethite, and the pieces are crafted to capture minerals’ needle-like forms.

Tell us three words that embody your design philosophy.
Minimal. Essential. Accessible

What's your favorite place in the Pacific Northwest?
Favorite place I can frequent: Alki Beach, Constellation Point. I love going there on low tides days and exploring the exposed tide pools and sea creatures.

Favorite place I have been: Ho Rainforest. Pure magic.

Who or what are you inspired by right now?
My family. Sometimes the idea of inspiration is lofty and large—looking at the great creations of nature, or mankind, which inspire at an epic level. But in looking at who I’m immediately surrounded by— my husband and my family—I realize daily that these humans embody a wealth of inspiration. ACICULAR was my first exploration of that: while the jewelry design was rooted in mineral formations, the influence was really Cindy capturing those images. Through this body of work, I was able to understand her life a bit more by reading her thesis, exploring her catalog of imagery, and researching her field of study. This lead me to better understand who she is as a person: a whip-smart, very inspiring individual.

What do you think of the color gray?
It is my hands-down favorite color. It is the color of silver and steel, fog and clouds, and all the good things in between. The color gray, and its variants, is my unofficial uniform.

Images provided by Sarah Loertscher. 

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