The Love Jones Collection: Interview with Dominique Reneé
One of our primary goals on Future Heirloom is to uplift emerging makers and brands who are transforming the jewelry world and making lasting impacts on our community. This week, we’re back with another exclusive peek into a new collection by another of our favorite brands and makers: the incomparable Dominique Reneé (she/her). Get a look at Dominique’s new collection, Love Jones, and read our interview with her below.
Before we dive in, Dominique introduces herself below:
Future Heirloom: Tell us, why jewelry?
Dominique Reneé: I choose to design jewelry because it offers me the chance to explore and express myself, while encouraging others to do the same. Creating jewelry allows me to impact fashion and people positively and offers opportunities that are endless. You can wear it with any and everything. Wear it as individual pieces, multiple, or layered. Jewelry is also a great medium for storytelling, something that I have always been into. My pieces tell a story while allowing my imagination the freedom to run wild!
FH: What does the Power of Jewelry mean to you and your practice?
DR: Both the wearer and the observer embody the power of jewelry. Whether it is empowerment one feels by wearing it or the camaraderie of life experiences one feels upon observing it, the power of jewelry is undeniable.
FH: What’s the most important part of your creative process?
DR: The most important part of my creative process is being in touch and in tune with my own thoughts and feelings and being able to transfer those emotions into 3D. This process includes: Creating a playlist that speaks to the messages I am trying to communicate, Listening to the music repeatedly, Sketching the pictures that develop in my mind, and then Producing the digital files necessary to move those images from my sketchpad to 3D without losing their intended meaning. This process allows me to create pieces that are as authentic and real as possible.
FH: What stories are you telling in your work?
DR: I tell stories of love, heartbreak, loss, fear, triumph and everything in between. My latest collection, titled “Love Jones” explores my own experience with love. It is the first installment of a trilogy that begins by exploring an obsessive need to be loved. That is followed by fixating on someone who seems to be perfect in almost every way possible, (despite many red flags.) And then, as time goes on, realizing they are emotionally unavailable, and that I should just move on.
But, will I? (dun da dun dunnnn…)
FH: Describe a favorite piece of jewelry from your collection.
DR: To describe a favorite piece of my jewelry is hard because I’m obsessed with ALL the pieces from Love Jones! If I could only choose ONE I would say my Sucka 4 Love Earrings. They were brought to life by the Danity Kane song (Sucka for Love) and are blow pops that read “”LOVE””. Essentially, they speak to being a person who just loves, “”LOVE,”” at times even to a fault.”
FH: What do you want your wearer or viewer to “feel”?
DR: While Love Jones, and every other collection I’ve ever designed, has been inspired by my own story, each wearer has a story it relates to. I want my wearer or viewer to feel empowered, to feel strong and to connect with how the pieces relate to their individual story! That unique connection to Dominique Reneé should make each wearer feel as if the jewelry was designed just for them and while wearing it, feel like their best self.
Shop the full Love Jones Collection and see more of Dominique’s work on her website. You can follow Dominique Reneé on Instagram @dominiquerenee.
Thanks to Dominique Reneé for talking with us about her brand and practice, and for sharing a first look at her new collection, Love Jones with us. Images, video and text provided by Dominique Reneé. Interview edited and compiled by Future Heirloom Editor Jackie Andrews.