Alumni interview with Jamie Tudisco Jennings (Jewelry Design)
Feb 17, 2016
Current Job Title/Company
Senior Designer at Arden Jewelry Manufacturing
What’s your current job like?
My job is fast paced and very busy. I do not get a great deal of down time. I am always facilitating multiple projects from concept to finished product. On a daily basis I am watching for trends and designing for markets that are 9 to 12 months out. I travel regularly to meet with clients that our company serves to discuss goals, trends, and the direction they wish to move. I then take that set of guidelines and interpret it, all while keeping all other aspects in mind from brand identity, manufacturing abilities to production cost.
What skills do you use on a day to day basis?
Organizational skills are first and foremost on my list. Being organized is a must if I want to keep up with all of the projects I have on a daily basis. It is very easy to be overwhelmed if you do not keep yourself organized. Multitasking is also a must with doing so many different things. Concept drawing, the development of product, review and revision of models, over
seas costing and sourcing materials. These are daily tasks that I cover on multiple projects every day.
What’s your most memorable moment from your time in CIAS?
I do have a lot of great memories from CIAS. The first one of course was meeting my husband, Dan Jennings. :) The second was being around so many artists from all walks of life learning and discovering their craft.
What helped prepare you the most for your current position?
When I graduated from CIAS I was well versed in how to construct jewelry. Many designers do not fully understand how jewelry is constructed. It is one thing to draw a piece on paper or a computer but if you do not know how to execute your idea, you will have a long struggle on your hands. Anything that adds time or steps adds cost.
What’s a piece of advice you’d give to current CIAS students?
The advice I would give to any current student is pay attention! Listen to the advice you get from people, no matter how much you think you know...there is always more that you don't. I also would say take good notes, you never know when you will need them.