We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Perry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, what do you attribute your success to?
Having been a self-employed artist and interior designer for over 25 years, what feels most meaningful when I look back is in how my work effects people. Whether is it is enhancing a family’s life by decorating their home, or commemorating life’s miles stones with designing a custom ‘update your heirloom’s piece’, I am so grateful to have purpose-filled work. People work with me because I have an innate sense of style, I am insightful, intuitive, have keen eye for detail, and I am thorough and reliable – everything that is expected of a professional. I am realizing what is uniquely special about my approach is that it invites people to explore their own creativity and learn to see and be more creative themselves.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I began doing local art festivals with the Dogwood Festival in 1994 selling the beaded jewelry I had been making as a hobby. I am self-taught and continually strive to hone my craft. I began with vintage beads and Venetian glass. I started working with semi-precious beads and fresh water pearls, hand knotting them on silk in early 2000’s. I attribute the years I lived in Bozeman, Montana to greatly expanding my creativity the way only living in a place with such a different aesthetic (from my hometown Atlanta) could inspire. My work is delicate, feminine, and has enduring style with timeless elegance. Currently, my jewelry focus (aside from selling finished pieces) is welcoming jewelry commissions: ones that start with an antique watch face and become a necklace. The watch bands are worked into earrings or a bracelet, cameos paired with labradorite and pearls to make lovely necklaces. A recent commission I am most proud of is a necklace made of my client’s father’s smoky quartz cufflinks. These became the center piece of beautiful modern necklace! People love how I rework their traditional pearls into modern wearable designs.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Start with walk in Piedmont park. I love the park and how you can see the Midtown skyline from there. Peachtree Street is so vibrant – walking down the street seeing the historic churches that remain amongst the high-rises where so many people now live. Of course, we stop in Eco Denizen; the well-curated gift shop that has featured my work for 8 years. I keep going back to Bulla Gastro Bar right on 11th Street for their pear and goat cheese pasta dish. 14th Street Antiques and Modern Home is a very inspiring shop my friend found a vintage bag that would travel back easily, and she’d get new ideas for decorating for there. Ponce City Market is so fun – I always find a gemstone to take home at Modern Mystic, and West Elm is fun to walk through. Posman Books is also wonderful. I love going in Johnny Was store at Phipps Plaza. Really the beauty of Atlanta is the way it’s a city in the forest. Aside from need of social distancing, driving through the historic neighborhoods to see the houses and landscaping has long been something I’ve recommend to victors – driving down West Paces Ferry in Buckhead and passing by the governor’s mansion to the quaint, winding streets of Garden Hills, the treasure of Ansley Park, and walking to Druid Hills and through beautiful Morningside where I live.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Tim Bookout, my interior design professor at Georgia State University – perhaps as much as what he taught me, the way that he recognized and believed in my talent has had the most far reaching impact on my life. As for books, Chanel A Woman of Her Own by Axel Madsen I highly recommend.