Maker Spotlight: Madison of MLKANHNY
Madison of MLKANHNY can do no wrong! From her bohemian-inspired aesthetic to her flawless execution and beautiful details, she creates pieces that make our jaws drop over and over. Her newest spring collection features a combination of classic and unexpected materials and we couldn't help but add a few new special things to the shop. Before you run over, read more about Madison and her process below!
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you? Where are you from? Where do you live now?
My name is Madison Bodenmann (Etheridge) and I am from a sweet little town called Coeur D' Alene, ID. I grew up on 30 acres with horses and cows, as well as mountains and lakes in every direction. It was a magical place to grow up. I'm currently living on Vancouver Island with my husband and I love being so close to the ocean and the wilderness.
2) What lead you to making jewelry and how would you describe your aesthetic?
Jewelry was so intriguing to me as a little girl. I would sneak into my mother's closet to take a peak at all of her rings and necklaces. I loved it! It felt like treasure to me. Over the last few years I decided to pursue design and jewelry just felt like the right place to start. As a self-taught designer I find myself approaching jewelry making in an un-orthidoxed way. Within the foundation of my designs are a desire to make beautiful things that ultimately the wearer connects with and finds their own personal self-expression. I want to create objects of adornment that are timeless and unique to the wearer.
3) Can you tell us a bit about your process, from initial idea to finished piece?
I love creating in a conceptual way where the piece is being designed as I work on it, allowing the materials to speak to me in the moment. Also, I create pieces in a repetitive way that create a consistent texture or formed pattern. Some pieces ask more from the wearer as others are worn with an ease and lightness about them. During the design process it's important to me to wear the piece in order to "feel" the design when worn and know when I hit that point of completion.
4) What inspired your most recent spring collection and why did you choose the materials you did, like freshwater pearls, etc.?
Textiles have been a base of inspiration throughout my process, especially in this collection. I love the qualities of freshwater pearls and I knew it would bring an elegance and timeless feeling. I used a lot of neutral tones to allow the pearls to shine and be the feature of SS16.
5) Is there something that needs to be happening (or not happening) around you in order for you to be totally “in the zone” while working? Ex: you have to be listening to music, etc.
I enjoy the silence while I'm working just as much as I like blaring fun pop music while I'm in my studio. It depends on where my moods at and how I need to change my environment in order to get in that state of mind. I definitely have my routines like making pour-over coffee in the morning. That seems to work every-time! It's important to me to take little breaks throughout the day to keep my inspiration alive. I never want to rush the process because it's just as important as the product.
6) When you’re not making, what can we find you doing?
When I'm not in my studio I'm usually spending time with my husband, going for hikes in the mountains, walks by the ocean, or planning a road-trip like the one we are going to take down the oregon coast soon. We have a really sweet community of friends on the Island and we love planning weekend trips to smaller islands together or sweet places like Victoria, Tofino, etc…
7) Why do you think shopping small is so important? What sets your handcrafted pieces apart from what someone can buy at a department store?
The biggest importance to me is connection. There are so many distractions and false sense of connection all around us that we often loose sight of the importance of authentic connection. Shopping small is an opportunity to stay connected with your people, with your area, with yourself and the influence you have in the world. My pieces are different because there is one single person creating a piece from start to finish. Everything MLKANHNY goes through me and I invite you into that personal process. The little imperfections of hand-crafted pieces are what makes it so unique and special. Truly not one piece is exactly the same. It's real. It's life.
8) What’s your favorite place to grab a cup of coffee in your city?
My favorite place with the best coffee is Red Tree in Tin-town within Courtenay, BC. It's my favorite spot because the town is almost entirely made out of tin, hence the name Tin-town!
Ok, now you can go see the collection we carefully curated for the shop here!