Tell us a little about you and your creations.
I grew up in Indiana and recently moved to Tulsa to be a teacher at a local elementary. One of my main goals as a teacher and artist is to show each person how unique and beautiful they are. The way I can express this through art is by using different mediums of metals, mainly antique spoons, and turning them into beautiful rings and necklaces. I hope my art reminds people of the value, importance, and uniqueness they have.
Where did your business name come from?
Deciding a business name was more difficult than I thought. After looking at several options I decided to stick with my first and middle name followed by designs. Aaron Paul Designs gives my artwork a personal connection to my name and logo. The logo connects to my name as Aaron means to bring light into a dark place, which relates to the candle in my logo. Having a simple name for my business allows me to branch out into more adventures projects rather than sticking with just jewelry. I plan to experiment with glass to make light fixtures while incorporating wood into the design in the near future.
What do YOU love about your products?
One thing I really enjoy about my product is the history behind each piece. An antique spoon has much to tell about the maker and the people who used the spoon. I like to let my mind wonder back to the late 1800’s to early 1900’s (when many of the spoons I use were made) as I think of the number of great people who have had connections to the spoon before it came to me. Some may have been famous professors, inventors, or actors while others were everyday common people just like you and I. The one thing we have in common is that we all appreciate the finer simple things in life.
What sets your creations apart from others?
My hope as an artist is to not only show the beauty of each piece of art but also the beauty of the person that wears each ring or necklace. I believe every person has a unique identity. With this identity and skills learned throughout life they can go into the world and shed light into dark places. I believe my art is set apart from others because it helps remind each person how unique they are and how they are one of a kind.
Where do you find inspiration?
This question connects deeply with my life journey. In the past I struggled deeply with knowing who I was and why I am even here on this earth. While in college I began a journey with someone that has changed my life forever. His name is Jesus. Before you write me off hear me out. Growing up in a Christian home I never really understood all of the Jesus stuff. Most of the time it seemed like a long list of legalistic rules. After going through a few hard things in my life I began to discover a Jesus that was so much more than a set of rules. For some reason I never understood the amount of love and grace Jesus had for me until I went through a crazy journey that involved drugs, alcohol, becoming a carney (like scary fair person) and eventually working for the Buffalo Chip during one of the worlds largest motorcycle rallies in Sturgis South Dakota. After going through these experiences I realized that striving after worldly things was so temporary and eventually lead back to more striving. With Jesus I found a freeing relationship that is deeper than I can ever imagine.
Jesus has shown me how unique and valuable I am and I get a lot of inspiration from that as I work on each unique piece of art.
What craft would you like to learn more about?
I would love to learn more about woodworking and different types of glasswork.
The Alliday Show believes that every day is special and should be treated as a holiday! That being said, which holiday do you wish were every day and why?
One of the best traditions in our family is Thanksgiving. All my relatives come to our house and each family is in charge of bringing a piece of the meal. My uncle, an x-baker, brings delicious butter rolls along with many home made pumpkin pies. After we share a great meal together grandma is always there to beat us at scrabble. Some of the older cousins have managed to get a win but only by a few points. Spending time with family and friends is what makes life more meaningful. If we chose to constantly be on the go and never take the time to slow down and breathe we will miss the beauty in people and nature that is all around us.
If you could create your own holiday, what would it be and why?
If I could create a holiday it would look a lot like Thanksgiving. One of my recent discoveries is Kinfolk Magazine. They take simple fresh ingredients and make beautiful simplistic meals so friends can slow down and enjoy community. Here is an example of what they do http://vimeo.com/33205292. I would love to create a holiday around the concepts that Kinfolk puts into play. Why? Because what can beat good food, friends, and community.
How would you describe your work in three words?
A Story, Unique, and Antique