My Favorite Find – Jill Platner: Sculptor, Jeweler and Scavenger Extraordinaire

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Jill Platner, sculptor/jeweler with her treasured scavenged cabinets

Jill Platner in her basement studio, standing by the trusty cabinets she found on the street. Photo by Brooke Williams.

Most people know her as a jewelry designer, but Jill Platner has also been a die hard scavenger for most of her life. She is that really fortunate kind of person to whom good things just appear, seemingly out of thin air.

With her bold and sculptural jewelry sold in boutiques world-wide (as well as her own downtown Manhattan shop) and seen on such luminaries as Cindy Sherman and Jackie Chan, you might expect her apartment to be one of those ultra-slick pristine places you see in the movies. Instead it feels more like an exotic country barn filled with all kinds of handmade and scavenged objects, complete with hammocks hanging from the ceiling and an open kitchen (when she’s not making art, she’s making delicious food!)

Having lived on the same block on the border of NYC’s SoHo since the early 90’s, the list of amazing treasures Jill has found just waiting to be salvaged on the neighboring corners is endless. A huge tree cut into beautiful shapes made it’s way to her store to be used as a display. An old wooden cart becomes a coffee table, vintage office chairs are ingeniously used as… well… chairs. In fact there are so many amazing street finds in Jill’s home-studio and store, that when we caught up with her in the bustling studio space beneath her store, she was hard pressed to pick a favorite.

Jill Platner's cabinet

Jill found this cabinet and now uses it to keep track of her smaller tools and wires.

Inside Jill Platenr's green cabinet

Inside, each piece has it's own home, so it doesn't get all tangeld up with the others.

“I think probably the most useful things I’ve found have been these cabinets. I just walked out of my crib one night and there they were! I use so many tiny pieces and tools and wires in my work, these are ideal for keeping things organized. Otherwise everything would just be in a huge tangled mess. This neighborhood has cleaned up in the past few years, so cool street finds are harder to come by, though I still keep my eyes peeled. Back in the day, people were leaving amazing beautiful objects on the street all the time. I’m just happy I was around to save so many of them from becoming garbage.”

And so are we!

Want more? For an inside look into Jill’s artistic process, check out this great video from Cool Hunting:

 

Upcoming Show

Jill Platner with sculptures

Jill Platner walks through one of her sculptures.

And speaking of amazing beautiful objects, Jill Platner is having her first solo show of her kinetic sculpture this week in New York City.

Jill Platner Sculpture Exhibit

111 Crosby Street (between Houston and Prince)
May 4 – May 31 2011
Opening reception Wednesday, May 4, 6 to 8 pm

For more info, go to: jillplatnersculpture.com

 

 
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    This neighborhood has cleaned up in the past few years, so cool
    street finds are harder to come by, though I still keep my eyes peeled.
    Back in the day, people were leaving amazing beautiful objects on the
    street all the time.

  • Van

    I’d love to see her home/studio/store filled with salvaged treasures. That cabinet was an amazing find. Fun video, too. Glad the comments are saying it captured her essence, now I feel like I know her, at least just a little bit :)

  • Xian

    Those cabinets are awesome, as it what’s in them. The sculptures look incredible, gotta make that show..

  • Wow love this video. She is so creative!
    Really good portrait.

  • I know!! I love that video so much. I actually cried the first time I watched it because it was so dead on.

  • mikki

    Great article and the accompanying video captured Jill’s essence perfectly. There were so many little Jill-isms that I couldn’t help but to smile.