Here at Chrome City we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.
Let us introduce our homie, Blair!
Blair Weiner, Jewelry Designer & Entrepreneur
Q: Explain your job position
A: I work as a sourcing agent for a direct marketing company that manufactures jewelry and watches by day, but my greatest passion is my own line of fine jewelry. I have a lot of clients that commission me to make one-of-a-kind pieces, and I also have my own designs that I release around holidays. I work with a talented team of metalsmiths that create my visions overseas, so there’s a lot of work done making sure that the sketch comes to life with the right specifications and materials. I’m a one-woman show, so I manage everything from design, production, accounting, and social media. It’s both terrifying and thrilling, and I’m so lucky to have found a passion that I can call my job!
Q: What is your creative process?
A: When I’m working on a custom design for someone I usually start by talking to them about what they want, and if they have no ideas or inspiration which is usually the case we start by talking about their jewelry and what they wear every day. Generally that leads me to a decision on the product form, and from there I come up with rough renderings of different designs.
For my own designs I get inspiration from everyday life and my surroundings. It may be a window on a building, color palate of a garden that caught my eye, anything that strikes me I either take a picture of draw in a notepad that I always have on me.
Q: What inspires and motivates you?
A: My motivation is experiencing the joy of giving the finished product to my customers. Inspiration comes from all aspects of my life, but a lot of times a piece is designed based on a focal point such as a particular gemstone. My latest obsession are baguette Diamonds, and I’m hoping to get more into the use of colored stones and expand my palate.
Q: How did you end up in Chicago?
A: Chicago is my hometown! I’ve moved all over the country, but always knew I would end up here. When I graduated college I moved to NYC because why not, worked insane hours at an advertising agency called Grey Advertising, and gallivanted at night like all agency folk do going to dinners and industry events. Two years later I was back in Chicago working for my family business, Adler Weiner Research, learning the ropes all the while dabbling into my inner designer taking metal smith classes at Lil Street Art Center. Fast forward another 4 years and I was off to move to Carlsbad California, just north of San Diego, to study at The Gemological Institute of America for my degree in jewelry design and Gemology. That is when I found my true passion, I’m a total gem geek and proud!
Q: What is your favorite part about living in Chicago?
A: Aside from having my family and friends (for the most part) here, I love how this city has everything you need. Culture and art, great food, beachfront if you want to escape from concrete, tree-lined streets. I love having seasons, and I’m probably one of the few people who don’t even mind winter. I think snow is beautiful and calming, and an excuse for a fireplace. Most importantly I love living near my family, and being able to see my niece and nephew on a whim. Nothing makes me happier.
Q: What is your experience with Alex and Chrome City?
A: Alex is a refreshing and genuine soul, she has such a magnetic personality. From the moment I met her I feel like we had known each other forever. Her motivation is contagious.
Thanks for being a Chrome Homie, Blair!