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TRANSFORMATIONS

The design process of Mignon Faget

Inspiration

The Idea

It begins with an idea, the progressive curve of a sea snail, the geometric system of rows of corn kernels, the composition of a classical column.  Mignon Faget’s collections reflect her personal interests and how they are scaled to the human body.

Inspiration can be stumbled upon.  It can be found from a quick glance towards an elaborate library ceiling, a stroll through a quiet French Quarter street or a day spent on the shores of the Gulf Coast.  Mignon Faget is an observer, a collector, a finder of inspiration.  Inspiration falls in her lap when she least expects it and leads to the creation of distinctly original jewelry.  Mignon Faget designs by collection.  A theme is chosen and explored by our artist revealing pins, pendants, rings, earrings, necklaces and more.

Mignon Faget is driven to design jewelry derived from natural and architectural forms found in her native New Orleans environment.

“I was born here and I’ve lived here all of my life. What is so beautiful about Louisiana comes out through my work. It is a mysterious place.”

From the beginning, she has worked closely with natural forms, never simply duplicating but always extracting the substance, the essence of a particular shape…refining it to perfection. “My work is like a journal. Whatever it is that I am particularly interested in at that phase of my life comes out in my work.”

A fifth generation New Orleanian, Faget has flourished in the culture and traditions of her birthplace. Her collections reflect this. Her first jewelry collection, SEA, is the transformation of the natural jewels found on the Gulf Coast into wearable objects of adornment. Botanical designs include indigenous plants such as Banana Leaves, Cycas and Palmae. ROMANESQUE RETURN reflects the architectural details of the historic Henry Hobson Richardson Library located on the famed Lee Circle. IRONWORKS is her newest study based on the historic Vieux Carre work of Marcellino Hernandez, the most renowned of the Spanish iron forgers in Louisiana. LOUISIANA has a touch of whimsy with the Gumbo Necklace and Mardi Gras Charm Bracelet.