Principal Jermel Johnson is not only an artist on stage, but a talented jewelry designer, creating timeless wire-wrapped pieces for his line Inspired Adornments by JJ. These one-of-a-kind pieces start with wire woven hundreds of times into a unique frame that often encases crystals, minerals and gemstones sourced from local gemshops. Each piece is then oxidized in a patina solution and polished to a shiny finish exposing each striking detail.
How does he find time to do it as a principal dancer and father to two young children? Jermel uses every moment he can to imagine and create new designs and patterns. “In between rehearsals, while I’m commuting on the train into work, and now [while staying at home] between naps and meals for the kids. Most of the time I’m not able to complete a piece from start to finish in one sitting, so I continue doing bits and pieces when I can until it’s finished.” Each design is a real labor of love!
Jermel’s jewelry is available for purchase on his Etsy shop Inspired Adornments by JJ. Have a piece already in your collection? Share it with us on social media!