Winston-Salem designer shows collection at NYFW, WSFW
Winston-Salem jewelry artist, Nannette Davis has just returned from her first New York Fashion Week and is inviting everyone to come see some of her New York jewelry designs along with new ones at her second Winston-Salem Fashion Week show on Sept. 28 at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter Biotech Atrium located at 575 Patterson Ave. in Winston-Salem. Davis and other designers will attend the artist opening reception at 6:30 p.m on Sept. 20 at the host and sponsor, the Winston Cup Museum Special Events Center, located at 1355 N. Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
Davis’ solo collection, “Kinetics in Metal,” features looks in sterling silver, brass and Nugold. She said this collection would be her first opportunity to show her work independently as an accessory runway designer.
Davis said she had “an absolutely great time in New York” and calls the experience “an amazingly fun whirlwind for 10 hours straight in one very fast-paced day.” Davis partnered with clothing designer Puja Arora of Studio Ivey, and they brought their collaborative runway looks in two shows at New York Fashion Week. This collaboration reminded her of a previous batik artist she collaborated with in Sante Fe and Denver during the 1990s. Davis designed jewelry to compliment the batik clothing that sold well enough to help them pay for their $2,000 booth fee.
Davis said she has been designing and making metal jewelry since 1991, but it has taken getting back into collaborating with a fashion designer to help her realize how much she really enjoys it.
“I love how fashion designers work with lines and how they consider how things fall and drape,” she said. “This inspiration gives me a jumping-off point to add to the designer’s look. I had so much fun designing for Arora, who is an amazingly wonderful woman who empowers others.”
Davis said she appreciated the recognition in New York as an accessory designer and walked the red carpet at the end of the show as a designer with Puja in a gown designed specifically for her by Arora. Davis recalled Arora telling her that her custom jewelry accentuated her clothing designs. Davis said, “The jewelry and clothing look like they were made for each other.” Nikita Wallace, owner/CEO of the nonprofit WSFW, had worked previously with Davis as an art teacher. Davis has been teaching metal designs at Sawtooth School for Visual Art for eight years and utilizing that studio to be an integral part of her success, she said, thanks to Sawtooth’s metals director Sarah Stein and the community.
Davis will extend her metal and jewelry making experiences at MIXXER (a maker-space run by J. Alan Shelton) in a workshop on Sept. 25. Davis said she is a maker, unlike other jewelry designers who only design and let others produce their designs. Davis said she grew up in Chicago and later met her husband at school in Lawrence, Kansas, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in jewelry and metal designs. She then moved to Colorado before making North Carolina home 12 years ago because her husband found a job as an architect. Davis said she worked as a leading bench designer before she went full-time working on her own for three years until the 1990s recession. Now, with her son graduating from college last year and finding an independent living facility for her Mom, Davis is taking her jewelry making out of the background.
Davis said in going forward as a jewelry designer she may continue to remain a maker or have others produce her designs as is customary in this industry.
“I was also a mural artist for 10 years, and I am still putting it all together as an artist, designer and maker to decide what I want to do,” she added. “I don’t know yet, except I am absolutely loving designing for other fashion designers. I’m an anomaly. I’m just breaking into it.”
Tickets for Friday’s evening opening reception and weekend shows may be purchased online at wsfashionweek.com. Details from this website include: Mayor Allen Joines will give the welcome address at the Friday evening opening reception to recognize WSFW partners, sponsors, designers and retailers with music by Tru Groove-Keith Dunlap. Beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided by co-hosts, Rooster’s: A Noble Grille, Dewey’s Bakery and Foothills Brewing. Dress attire is semi to formal and fashion-forward, edgy couture or glamour with no jeans or flip-flops, and an RSVP is required.
TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, poet, singer/songwriter, wellness herbalist, flower essences practitioner and owner of Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.
Wanna go? Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m., Metal Texture/Jewelry Workshop taught by Nannette Davis at MIXXER, 1375 N Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.; Sat., 9/28 at 6:30 p.m., WSFW Designer’s Showcase ($20-$200); Red Carpet & Vendors Gallery opens at 4 p.m. at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, 575 Patterson Ave., Biotech Atrium. Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Whimsical Women Show at Crossnore School & Children’s Home, 1001 Reynolda Rd. Find out more about Nannette Davis online and on social media, Facebook:@NannetteDesign, Instagram:@NannetteDesign.