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Art & Life with Yako Brugger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yako Brugger.

Yako, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born in Elgin Illinois in 1997 but quickly moved and was brought up in different places including Mexico, the US, and France. I stayed most of my life in the south west of France in a small medieval village named Mirepoix with my father who is himself a jeweler. I helped him since I was a young boy around the workshop, that is where I learned the fundamentals of metalsmithing. I recently moved to Chicago where I’m continuing my metalsmithing journey!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Every piece of jewelry I create is hand made with silver, gold and precious to semi-precious stones. My intention is to create a piece of wearable art that most reflects the person that it will adorn. Lots of detail go into each jewel and great attention is given to the choice of metal and stones used in each and every piece. What I love most is meeting with the client and sitting down at a cafe or a park in a nice atmosphere and talking about the design, materials and initial idea behind the piece that will be created.

When I’m not busy doing commissioned pieces I love to create jewelry with organic features and contrasting elements. I take inspiration in the travels I’ve done and the unique places I’ve stayed but also the experiences I’ve had meeting people with amazing life paths. In short, I love to convey a glimpse of a story or an emotion in my own life through a jewel. And when I deliver a jewel to a customer and he or she sees it for the first time and is extremely happy, there is no better reward!

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Well, to be honest, I think that like most things if you put your mind and whole actions in one focused direction everything will eventually work out for you. When I first started making jewelry (but this also works for any other art form) you need to ask yourself “what is my goal? Where do I want to go with this? What don’t I want in this ? ” and have those questions clear and answered. When that is clear everything will just be problem-solving and you might not find yourself overwhelmed. Of course you need to have a practical mind and you might need to work in a place that you really don’t like just to put some money aside to later invest to buy materials or other things but you have to make that leap of faith and trust that people will like what you create and be willing to spend money on what you create. I think a lot of people including myself at first think that it comes fast but by taking little steps and trusting in what you do, you will get to where you want to be. Trust the process it takes time.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work is mostly on Instagram @marhaba_hmade_jewelry but I’ve been thinking quite a bit and would like to create a collection in the near future. I have some designs in mind and would love to bring them to life. Ideally, I want to find a gallery that would be willing to take in my pieces and have a more physical platform. For now, I can be contacted through Instagram or through my email: if you would like to support me or inquire about any kind of custom work. I would love to talk about a custom project with you!

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Yako Brugger @marhabajewelry

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