By guest contributor Amy Anderson
Gur Kimel is only 24 years old and just started his Etsy shop in September, but already his jewelry stands out. This Israeli student living in Tel Aviv puts the beauty of nature into each piece in his aptly named shop, Nature Preserve Jewelry. Enjoy learning more about Gur’s natural inspirations in this latest installment of Fresh Etsy Pixx.
1. What do you create and how did you get started? Do you sell your work at places other than Etsy?
I am a student in industrial design at Holon Institute of Technology in Israel. I started working with jewelry as a school project last year, and now I’m making jewelry that is sold in several boutique shops all around Israel, and on Etsy.
2. Where do you get the ideas for your pieces?
I’m inspired by nature in the deepest way possible and dedicated to the idea of making people see the beauty of nature.
3. Where do you go or what do you do when you need inspiration?
I go outdoors and look for the “bare necessities” of life. The most interesting shapes, colors and textures, the small things that our modern society has forgotten all about: the way a tree grows, the shape of a nut, the shell that fits the body perfectly, the way a fruit unfolds its shape, the colors of the water at sunset time, the life that is found in the forest. That’s my inspiration.
4. Where do you see your work going in the future?
In the near future, I hope that my works will help me pay for my degree. After that, in the far future I’m hoping to work as a full time product designer, but I’m sure I’ll keep on making my jewelry. I just love it so much.
5. Describe your artistic style in three words.
Nature uniquely preserved.