My favorite part of being a design blogger is telling stories. Products come and go but what connects all of us to an artist and their work is knowing a bit of their background, their passions and quirks. What is their story? For John Petersen, his design story begins in Atlanta, Georgia where he lives with his partner, William and their exuberant four year old daughter, Riley.
John has always been the creative type with a love for crafting and styling. He recently decided to collect jewelry pieces for Riley in anticipation of her wanting to play dress up. From friends, antique and thrift shops, John soon amassed a large collection of new and vintage jewels. John, "I decided to try my hand at crafting a one of a kind necklace for a friend. My daughter wanted to watch and before I knew it, she was helping me create the necklace."
Like many people who discover a passion, John decided to delve deeper. His one necklace became two necklaces, then dozens and dozens more. He loved curating the jewels, crafting new, original pieces and was encouraged by the positive reception.
I have to say, it was very sweet seeing Riley practice making her own necklaces alongside her dad. The little time I was at their home, Riley was learning how to count, spell, tie a knot, use her imagination and better know her dad. When it's jewel making time, the two sit side by side at the dining room table- John with his supplies on one side and Riley with her supplies on the other.
Riley creates necklaces for herself and friends- or their lemonade stand in the summer where she sells her colorful creations for $1 a piece. Good deal.
John sells his jewelry in a few boutique shops as well as in his new online shop, Gunner & Lux. And as John reminded me, what makes his necklaces so special is there can never be two the same. The jewels are primarily ornate and vintage, both bought and found, making each completed necklace a unique statement piece with its own collection of stories to tell...
We now know the basics, plus a bit more detail and insight into this lovely family of three. For John and Riley, they've begun a journey of imaginative, artistic play that feeds and thrives off the other. I'm not sure where the story goes from here but it's fair to say, their Once Upon A Time tale has just begun...
Photos: Sweet Peach, Gunner & Lux Content: Sweet Peach