Camille likes tools... and firmly believes that tulle, too, has its place in the world.
Camille Hempel is a jewelry designer with no shortage of creativity and range. She got interested in jewelry making while studying Art at UW Madison. She learned the trade as an apprentice at the Jewelers Workshop in Madison and acquired the tools of the trade after college while at a farm auction with her grandfather. Camille has always had a workbench set up somewhere so she can bring her ideas to fruition, but she likes to keep her “jeweler at large” status - finding inspiration while pursuing her other passions away from the studio.
Some of her passions/obsessions
that influence her aesthetic or bring her joy:
- HANDS, all kinds of hands
- insects — dead or alive
- Japanese kanji
- architecture and bridge design
- late 60’s el Caminos, 70’s Hondas, mid-80’s Mercedes
- coats of armor
- Amazon warriors
- Roxy Music
- paint swatches
- making something out of nothing !
- singing off key into her toy karaoke mike at the cabin
- the artist, Andy Goldsworthy
- long standing obsession with street sofas... (IG: uglycouchqueen)
Camille’s rings are what immediately draw you to her work. To her, rings are the most expressive jewelry form because hands can really define a person. She loves making rings for working hands. Much of her work has a timeless and androgynous feel, such as her signature Armor Rings, which feature articulating bands. Camille’s designs also show a softer, feminine side because she cannot resist the allure of rose gold and pearls and princessy things. Regardless of style, there is a certain badass elegance in every piece.
Find your talisman.