Iris Willow is an enamel artist based in San Francisco, California where she lives with her partner and young daughter. Iris has always had a creative streak. She studied art in college, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine art with a focus on graphic design from Colorado State University.
After college, she began taking classes in metal arts, which she’d always wanted to try. She was first introduced to enameling while living in Santiago, Chile and taking private jewelry classes from a local jeweler. Upon returning to the States, she bought a kiln and began experimenting, supplementing her enameling knowledge with workshops along the way. She loves exploring a wide variety of techniques in her enamel jewelry, and believes adding a splash of color to your outfit can really brighten your day.
Iris gains inspiration for her jewelry from the world around her, including her many travels and adventures living abroad. She’s lived in Italy, Thailand, Laos, Chile and Argentina, but is always drawn back to the Bay Area. She is also inspired by nature, seeking out patterns and colors she observes as she explores the natural world. She also draws inspiration from textile patterns and geometric shapes and enjoys playing with line and mark making. She brings her graphic designer eye to her jewelry designs, favoring bold clean patterns and color combinations in her jewelry. Her jewelry is both modern and playful.