Holly Gonzalez [hotroddesigns]
What is your specialty as a stylist? fashion, salon, image, objects...?
I would say fashion, I'm always studying it and it reflects on my jewelry designs.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can see something of your work or of where you work.
In what style or trend do you classify yourself?
I try to make my jewelry as versitile as possible, I like to make a little something for everyone, but the core idea of my style, a look that Hot Rod Designs will always hold, is a punk/rockabilly edge.
What are your clients like?
My clients are wonderful, I've worked with a variety of people, from Suicide Girls, to mothers.
How did you begin to develop your talent? Have you possesed it since you were a child?
I remember being crafty since I was a child, making pottery out of mud and painting it, and asking my mom if we can use it for dinner that evening :P I began desigining jewelry at about the age of 17, my dad finally let me get my ears pierced, and I looked around at all the stores and realized none of them really appealed to my unique stylings, so I would take some pieces here and there from other jewelry I had, and construct a new design. Then I discovered Ebay, and began ordering supplies I liked from there, and started a store, a couple of years later I moved over to Etsy and never looked back!
When did you first realize you could make a living this way?
The little money I made when I started my store initially on Ebay, it made me enough money to play around with, all my friends and passers by would see what I'm wearing and go crazy over it, some people would by the pieces right off of me! Once I moved over to Etsy, I read about all these artists that quit thier jobs because they simply had that much business! I hope to be that way someday.
What is your concept of beauty? Why does it change so much from one culture to another, or from one era to another?
Beauty means a lot of different things to me. In my eyes, beauty is something out of the ordinary, something that has a spark or stands out...being in the modeling business myself, I see the demands of many different artists and designers, and I see this to be common in them all, everyone wants something unique.
Do you need to love what you do, or does professionalism suffice?
You definitely need to love what you do, I'll admit, there are some designes I put in my store that I wouldnt wear myself, but it sells among the population, so I make sure to always take time to design pieces I put my heart and soul in, and that directly reflect my sense of style.
Being surrounded by a different style can cause a person to feel different. Can such a feeling transform a person?
Yes, I see this all the time. People are very impressionable, the general population has a huge difficulty accepting thier own diference from everyone else, and embracing it.
What trends do you see gaining momentum?
I really would like to say that tattoos are not a trend, but I will say that they are gaining more and more acceptance, I hope someday that people will be able to express themselves and have as many tattoos as they please, and never be denied a job, or get dirty looks from the elderly.
Make a prediction: how long will the fashion of piercing and tattoos last?
ha! As I stated previously, I see them gaining more acceptance. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, everyone's getting tattooed or pierced, and more businesses and jobs are beginning to accept it. I hope that this momentum keeps up, however, I hope that people who have turned Ed Hardy's designs into vomit on a tshirt, soon run out of followers.
What magazines or websites do you follow to keep up to date? What other types of cultural inputs serve as sources of inspiration for you?
I try to stay up to date with companies like Urban Outfitters, Top Shop, H&M, and I also like to read various blogs about people's fashion taste.