Steven Tyler Manchini is the creator behind DNA Organic Designs. Aside from his jewelry, he is currently progressing toward his undergraduate at Salem State University, in the field of Biology. After his baccalaureate is obtained, Steven will be continuing toward graduate school for his PhD in Neuroscience. He is consistently trying to research new information about his field, while creating one-of a-kind works of art.
How did you get started?
About four years ago, a friend of mine came home from a festival with a piece of wire jewelry. It resembled a heart, and the stone was slightly falling out. I really enjoyed the aesthetics of the wire accompanied with the stone, which I had never seen previously, and I felt a deep need to create one. A few weeks later, I went to a local stone shop and bought a bunch of stones, along with some craft wire and pliers. I’ve been at it 10 hours a day, every day, ever since.
They can be vivid and welcoming, with bright silvers and pastel colors, or they can be dark, filled with animal skulls and oxidized silver. The wired coils give my work a lot of texture, along with the smooth, elegant lines of the bare wire. I’ve heard from some that my work is reminiscent of H.R. Giger’s art, which I fully appreciate.
What message do you want your brand to portray?
I’d like for my pieces to be wholly unique. To display a piece of my mind in a physical form, allowing those who wear my jewelry to know that there will never be another like it. Unique to the owner, and unique to myself during the time of creation.
Where do you want to see your brand in 5 years?
In 5 years, hopefully some of my personal heroes will be wearing my jewelry. Recently, I gifted a piece to Reggie Watts and it was sincerely appreciated. I’d like to gift a piece to Dean Kamen, Jeremy England, and a few other scientists and inventors who have created new leaps and bounds in their field. Eventually, I would like to incorporate my love for Neuroscience and my passion for jewelry into one field, designing state of the art biotechnologies with a fashionable twist.
Some helpful advice!
Details of piece:
Muntjac Skull – First known genus of deer Indicolite Tourmaline – Brazil Rubellite Tourmaline – Madagascar Aquamarine – Medina Mine, Brazil Heliodor – Brazil Larimar Sterling Silver, Oxidized and Reduced
Favorite place to create/brainstorm?
Being outside is definitely one of the best atmospheres, preferably shaded woods in the summer, minimal mosquitoes. I create most things in my room though, which can feel cramped at times. To adapt, I’m constantly cleaning or ‘feng-shuiing’ if you will.
What do you do while you work?
For the most part, I’ll listen to music (Maktub, Little Dragons, All Day I Dream), or watch a bunch of Netflix (X-Files, all day). Although, there are a lot of moments where the music or TV stops, and I’ve been wrapping, sitting in silence for the better part of an evening and I don’t even notice.
What keeps you motivated?
I’ll be honest, I don’t tend to think about motivation. It’s become an unconscious act. If I’m at home, and I’m not studying, I’m wrapping and creating new pieces. No longer can I sit and watch TV, I have to be doing something with my hands. It’s a meditative process for me, and allows me to think freely.
Where do you pull your inspiration?
Be inspired by yourself. One of my favorite quotes is from the artist, Chuck Close. “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”
Who/what are/is your biggest influencers/muse?
As I mentioned, be inspired by yourself. Create because you have a deep desire to do so. You can look outward for ideas, absolutely, but one’s creativity comes from within.
Price Range & Customs?
My pieces can range anywhere from $40 – $5000. Some are quick and simple, while others are tirelessly designed with over 100 hours of work, with hundreds, if not thousands, in material. I offer custom jewelry at all times, and will happily discuss any idea that comes to mind. I have plenty of material to use, and I can always use a client’s own personal effects; wrapping anything from artifacts, to vials of loved one’s ashes. I can have any piece done within 6-10 weeks time.