Caroline Marie June Simpson
Hello there! I am a digital fabrication and handcraft jewelry artist. My studio MARIE JUNE Jewelry explores the possibilities of coalescing traditional jewelry-making and 3D digital fabrication.
My passion is in creating jewelry that inspire ingenuity, empower individuality, and stimulate appreciation of the natural complexities we often overlook. My jewelry are made with heart and passion; with a little bit of curiosity, but mostly dedication.
Customer happiness and product quality are the core values of my studio. MARIE JUNE is constantly in the search of artwork that excites contemplation and joyfulness.
Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Caroline Simpson. I am a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, from where I had received my degree in Metals, Jewelry and CAD/CAM. I have been a passionate artist since my childhood, pursuing my dream of becoming a masterful jewelry artist into my adulthood. Upon graduation, I moved out of Philadelphia to start my own design studio, and I'm currently located in New Jersey, U.S. I am a digital fabrication and handcraft jewelry artist. My studio MARIE JUNE Jewelry explores the possibilities of coalescing traditional jewelry-making and 3D digital fabrication. The materials of my artwork vary greatly as I enjoy exploring new possibilities of jewelry making. The majority of my current work are brass-based and 18k gold-plate, sterling silver, epoxy resin, and 3D-printed nylon. Currently, my favorite sculpting computer programs to use are Rhinoceros and Zbrush. With these programs, I am usually able to create 3D prototypes exactly as my sketch designs. After my 3D designs are fabricated by one of the different techniques I may use, they would then undergo stringent refinement and quality control at my studio - and this is the part where I combine traditional bench skills with digital fabrication. I typically perform polishing & finishing, stone-setting, etching, enameling, etc. to my digital artwork to complete my designs. When off business hours, I enjoy spending time making personal art pieces, hiking, and traveling.
What's the story behind your designs?
The ideas of my first collection, Viscosity, came from my undergraduate thesis of fluid dynamics that I worked on for about two years. Viscosity describes fluid’s resistance to flow. The higher this resistance, the ‘thicker’ and slower the flow of a fluid would be. At one point, I was particularly fascinated by honey. I was very interested in its color, form, and slow movement due to its high viscosity. Eventually, these inspirations translated into my desire to capture the flowing of molten metals. As I was also fascinated by photography’s ability to capture moments in time, the Viscosity collection is effectively a series of moments of melting metals with high viscosity – that were captured in time. Generally, I am most inspired by nature and photography. I love finding inspiration by being in and interacting with natural environments. And as aforementioned, I have always been fascinated by photography’s power to capture a frozen moment in time that you can always go back to and look at. When I create my jewelry, it's my passion to make sure that each item is one of these special "frozen moments" that will be able to bring the wearer joy and inspiration.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I first learned how to design in 3D by taking classes at my school. From my experience, if someone is truly passionate about something, they will quickly outgrow all that their school has to offer – schools can only teach someone the basic skills they would need to create and pursue their own vision of the future. That’s when I started teaching myself different modeling programs, learning about digital fabrication, and learning about managing a design studio. Currently, my favorite sculpting programs to use are Rhinoceros and Zbrush. With these programs, I am usually able to create 3D models exactly as my sketch designs. After my 3D designs are fabricated, they would then undergo stringent refinement and quality control at my studio.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I personally don’t feel limited by current technologies because we have access to such incredible 3D printers and instant knowledge to all crafting techniques known to all people. (thanks to the Internet!) We currently have technologies that can print actual homes and bridges, and can print in a variety of mediums from molten glass to sintered nylon. We have 3D scanners and 3D modeling programs that enable us to create anything we imagine. I believe that we are never limited by our technology – we are only ever limited by our imagination and creativity. Machines can only do what we tell them to do; it’s we who have the power to create fantastic, unimaginable work. There may be machines that may not have as good of a print quality as we would like, or that there are currently no machines that perform exactly the way we would like them to. However, it is more important to remember that if digital fabrication pioneers accepted what they were given and never innovated, we would never had any 3D printers to begin with. I sincerely encourage everyone who feels that they are severely limited by current technology to join us in innovating and improving these limitations for a brighter future.