I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just “click” with people, and I can start chatting with them as if we’ve known each other for years. This was exactly the case when I stopped by Betty Lin (one of my absolute favorite boutiques in San Francisco) for the Gretchen Ventura jewlery trunk show. No joke, within about 10 minutes we were bonding over health issues from our past and laser hair removal! Gretchen’s warm, welcoming personality is the perfect complement to her killer jewlery line. So that you can get to know her and her collection a bit, enjoy this series of questions and answers.
After a life-altering/threatening illness I gained many insights. One of the strongest was that while I enjoyed and spent my entire professional career in technology (and primarily the use of my left brain), I considered myself an artist. I did not wish to leave this lifetime without using the right side of my brain!
I find myself in the flow when I am creating my work. My belief system is all about balance, or the middle path, and so I am drawn to the mix of luxe and raw, organic and fine. The work lends itself to a sense of timelessness, with the use of old and patina’d materials, as well as the truth of our interconnectedness. Found objects from far away and ancient times allows me, the creator, as well as the wearer, an experience of a soulful connection to all that came before — what is present and the mystery of what is yet to unfold.
Much of my work is long, languid and layered (like life), but right now I am loving the choker–raw leather with the elegance of a bit of diamond–or the crocodile cuffs with diamond plates on them. Both signify strength, boldness and whimsy.
I struggled a bit when I started designing and creating jewelry, as I really wish to be purposeful in my work. Then, in a seminal moment, truly understood that bringing beauty is a spiritual pursuit (and one of my favorite kundalini teachers used to call me “bringer of beauty” long before this work). When one wears something soulful and beautiful, it elevates one’s experience. When you feel more beautiful and connected to others, you can’t help but bring more kindness, care and love into your world.
The biggest challenge for me is finding the right manner in which to connect my work with those who may resonate with it — the right stores, an online/social presence, the right markets. Secondly, to create pieces which resonate with me, given the components (ancient talismans or beads, or fine gems such as diamonds), which can be purchased at a price point that works in the market.
The joys are being a part of experiencing someone’s wonder or happiness as they try on a piece and feel beautiful wearing it!!!
I love to work out, do yoga, try new restaurants, hike, read, travel and see friends!!
For those visiting your town (Minneapolis, MN), what’s your favorite:
restaurant: Burch Steak or Café Lurcat
store: Grethen House or D.NOLO
gallery/museum: The Walker or Mia
So wonderful to meet you, Gretchen! I look forward to keeping up with you and seeing how your line keeps growing and evolving.
14 thoughts on “Gretchen Ventura: Designer”
Your post was fun to read and oh, the jewelry is awesome!! Love the balance she brings.
I thought you’d like her work, mom!
Thanks so much “Mom”!!! Your daughter is so special—great job!!!
Love her work!! Would wear something of hers’ daily…
Thank you so much Merna! Feel free to sign up on my web site to be in on our mailing list (we do not send many!)–it will give you a 15% off coupon for you to use any time at all!! I appreciate your kind comments!
Wow, wow, wow!!!!! Love her pieces and am crazy in love with that first necklace!! Also loved the two bracelets with leather.
They are beautiful pieces Andrea!
Thank you kindly Andrea!! Feel free to sign up on my web site to be in on our mailing list (we do not send many!)–it will give you a 15% off coupon for you to use any time at all!! Your kind comments are very much appreciated!
Great photos of you Amy! Loved them, Jewelry gorgeous, too.
Thanks, Sherry! Her line is gorge.
She is gorgeous, isn’t she? Please feel free to sign up for my newsletter on my web site (gbventura.com) and you will get a 15% discount code to be used, when ever your heart desires! Thanks Sherry!
great post dear, i love your post.
Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂