William Travis - Survivor, Designer, Warrior

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By Gem Junkies, Parle Jewelry Design's Jonathan, and Brecken Farnsworth.. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
Part III of the interview series from the Tucson AGTA Gem Fair. Jonathan and Brecken interview fellow designer William Travis Kukovich. Transforming his life from a traumatic childhood to becoming a recipient of 17 AGTA Spectrum Awards. 00:00:00 How the podcast started? 00:48:00 Introducing William Travis Kukovich 01:26:80 Want to see the scar? 01:56:00 So you were 4 years old. What happened? 04:44:00 You said your brain rewired itself. 05:28:00 I can sculpt anything 06:11:50 I don’t write, I draw words 06:34:20 5th generation metalsmith 09:05:00 Take us through your story 10:40:70 So after school, did you open up a store immediately? 13:32:30 At 26, Breast Cancer 18:39:50 Warrior rings 21:04:80 My kids 24:51:50 To live like you were dying 26:05:00 What inspired your first Spectrum Award piece? 27:47:00 First memory of jewelry/gemstone 29:56:00 Favorite Gemstone 30:29:00 Where does the inspiration come from when you’re creating Spectrum pieces 32:04:00 What comes first? Designer? Gemstone? 32:47:00 What makes a great designer? 34:23:50 Where are you now? 37:02.20 Where is this journey going to take you next? 39:45:50 Saying “YES”

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