We had the good fortune of connecting with Nathaniel Fyffe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nathaniel, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I made the decision to start my own business I was looking to break the monotony of my day to day life. I was working a 9-5 job; focusing on my craft in the evenings between shifts and night school. I knew if I really wanted to take things seriously I needed to take a leap into the unknown and focus on turning my hobby in a full fledged business. It was a definite sink or swim moment but I have never looked back since then and couldn’t be happier with the path taking that chance has landed me on.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My approach to creating and designing jewelry is deeply rooted in the natural world. I am heavily influenced by nature in all facets of my work. From the organic design to the natural crystals that are prevalent in a lot of my creations, the beauty of the wildlife and landscapes which surround us are a constant source of inspiration. I think this connection helps my work tap into a different vein than most other designers and truly speak for itself.
One of the amazing things about creating custom jewelry for my clients is that the ideas are ever changing. Each client brings different ideas to the table which I can then manipulate into unique designs that help excel my creative process. Currently I am really looking forward to incorporating more gem/stone carving into my work. This added element helps accentuate the cut and faceted gemstones that are also present in each of my pieces. Through beginning to carve stone it has also opened doors to ideas that make me want to work bigger in the future. Larger scale sculpture is something I have always wanted to try out after years of working at a small scale underneath a microscope.
The path I took to get to where I am in my profession today is ever changing and it has been riddled with challenges. There is no cut and dry approach to being a self employed artist (at least not that I knew of). The same things that may work for certain people will not necessarily work for you so it really takes a lot of speculation to decide how you want to represent yourself. Running a business on your own is a lot more intensive than I would have thought before falling into it. Not only do you need to create all of this art but you also need to promote it, sell it, and handle all of the back end logistics that allow every other department to run smoothly. Wearing all the hats is a constant struggle but as Freed Mind Fabrication’s continues to expand I really look forward to bringing other like minded people on board so everything can grow to its full potential. In this day and age a lot of people seem to think that success happens over night, for most people (including myself) that is not the case. If other creatives take anything away from this it is to have patience in the process and to always have perseverance so you can push through those difficult moments that are bound to come your way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a bit of a loaded question but providing the weather is ideal and we are not inundated with wildfire smoke I would want to start the trip by giving them a taste of the outdoors. Depending on the friend I would either want to hit a scenic backpacking trip or even a drive through the mountains. If it happened to be this time of year its always a treat to be able to experience the leaves changing up on Guanella pass and a lot of the surrounding area. I love myself some tasty treats so I’d love to show them some hidden foodie gems that some of these quaint mountain towns have to offer. Outside of the natural beauty Colorado has to offer I’d also want to have them check out the local art museums (Denver Art Museum // Museum of Contemporary Art) in addition to some of the all star galleries in the city (Black Book Gallery, Ryan Joseph Gallery, Explore Glass Gallery, Mirus Gallery, murals throughout RINO or any of the plethora of spaces strewn throughout the Santa Fe arts district).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a big shout out to every art instructor I ever had growing up, without them I wouldn’t have found myself as an artist. The lessons each of them instilled in me were all key to me feeling confident enough to take the leap into making this a full time profession.