Twisted Fans across the country and beyond love the quirky uniqueness of Twisted Silver’s designs. It’s the unexpected twist, the boutique chic, the down-right innovative look that transform just a pair of jeans and a tee into something va-voom! I bet you’ve wondered about the character and personality behind such an abundance of creativity. Well, I’ve caught up with Designer Deb – between walking her cutie Humphrey doggie and a dive into the design room — for a quick interview:
TT: Where do you get inspiration for your artistic quirky pieces?
DM: Inspiration comes unexpectedly always but I have seen a pattern: I get really creative at hardware store and my favorite vintage haunts but I’ve also noticed I get pretty excited at military and tack shops. I look for raw materials and pieces that have a character and personality of their own. I am drawn to forgotten metals and adornments. With good basic materials I have all the inspiration I need, the design just flows.
TT: What role do funky pieces work play your look?
DM: Funky jewelry pieces in my personal look? Well they play a small but steady role. I absolutely must wear one “look at me” piece…always. Given a choice I will always gravitate to big. It will be a fabulous funky ring, or necklace, vintage scarf, or hefty wrist cuff, but not usually at the same time. I personally like to stick to the less-is-more philosophy. For instance I will wear some great earrings with a multi-chain bracelet OR a standout necklace with a fab ring, and even on my most dressed down days I will always throw on a one of my favorite pieces. This way I still look put together and have a touch of creative.
TT: How can Twisted Fans create their own look to showcase their own style?
DM: Twisted fans comment all the time how they “have a style now”. The way it seems to happens goes like this: they choose one piece they love, wearing it a lot in a variety of ways. If it is a convertible, then wear it as a necklace, a bracelet, belt etc. This one piece becomes THE signature piece because Twisted is not available in every mall. I would recommend beginning your own look by listening to the comments you get from people. Build a little jewelry wardrobe one piece at a time, starting from your comfort zone into the more fashion forward pieces. It is fun to see the customers that start with the a conservative small piece like the sweet little spin ring and within the year end up wearing the huge show-stopping Vibe ring!
TT: What are some quirks of your personality?
DM: Ok, well the staff could tell you better I am sure, but if I must: I am pretty free spirited, and LOVE having a job that is different everyday (and the wardrobe freedom that goes along with it… wore my jammies to work yesterday and the today I wore my Nannette Lapore swingy shift). I hate schedules but I really appreciate the people that help me stay on schedule, and do my best to surround myself with them. Oh, and my kids say I am crazy… I suppose this is a quirk of my personality too:)
TT: Well, Deb, the staff thinks your personality quirks are more like perks! Thanks so much for taking a breather from designing to answer a few questions. Now get back to work! You have a terribly addicted fan base begging for more!