July 14, 2015 |
From the picturesque peaks to the arts and culture scene, dining hot spots to chic boutiques, Aspen is no stranger to world-class amenities. And jewelry is no exception. But alongside the well-established brands that dot the downtown landscape, locals are making their mark with innovative designs that pay homage to Aspen’s natural beauty.
Two standouts on the scene include husband-and-wife duo Taylor and Adam Tessier of brand Taylor and Tessier and Colby June Fulton of Colby June Jewelry. Both construct and create their one-of-a-kind pieces in the Roaring Fork Valley, with elevated designs that transcend their small town beginnings.
For Taylor Tessier, a move from South Florida to Aspen at age 12 sparked a creative streak that eventually led her to the world of jewelry design. She quickly fell in love with a local bead shop and began experimenting with stones and wire-wrapping techniques. A few years ago, she began selling her designs at the popular Aspen Saturday Market. Her and Adam, an Idaho native, met in 2009. He perfectly encapsulated his mother’s artistic talents and his father’s business acumen. Their personal and creative chemistry has led them to sell jewelry across the nation.
Taylor and Tessier’s jewelry is truly defined by the colors of Aspen. The warm tones of the mountains and the cool blues of the water inspire their pieces. Their jewelry is influenced by found materials and their travels. Having a piece from Taylor and Tessier is like owning a little piece of Aspen.
Taylor and Tessier’s jewelry can be purchased during the summer at Aspen Saturday Market, online at taylorandtessier.com, at Pitkin County Dry Goods, Kemo Sabe, and O2 Aspen. They recently created a custom line for katebaby & KIDS to cater to the needs of Aspen’s youngest fashionistas.
Colby June Fulton is a Carbondale designer inspired by the tiny details within nature. Her time spent in Nepal and Mexico was a major inspiration for her designs. Her jewelry is constructed mainly of gold, silver, and bronze with small splashes of color. Popular nature motifs include pinecones, leafs, coral, seeds, sticks, and stones. The textures and the stories behind the pieces are what set Colby June’s designs apart from the herd, often emphasizing the idea of life, freedom, and a sense of flight.
Aspen also takes center stage in her work. Her leaf collection is inspired by dried winter willow leaves; her pinecone collection was inspired by the idea of looking inward, nature, and balance; and Colorado’s native grasses inspired the seed collection. Her jewelry often challenges the wearer to discover their own treasures in nature.