Saturday, December 13, 2014

Introducing Brady Legler: Fine Art and Jewelry Designer

Discovering Brady Legler is like a breath of fresh air that turns into a windstorm of creative energy at a moments notice. One gets the impression that at any time he will burst forth with an  idea and will transform it into a fine piece of gorgeous jewelry, put paintbrush to canvas for a stunning new painting, or even design a rug that sets the tone for a room that is above and beyond fabulous!

Does this transformation come from years of experience? Actually Legler is twenty five, recently finished design school at Parsons; however his collections are in some of the finest jewelers and galleries  in the nation.

I will let you hear more about this young genius from the man himself.

Brady, when did you first become aware that art and design was your calling? Would you tell our readers a bit about your background and youth. ( I know you are a Kansas City native as am I)

I grew up in Kansas City and had a pretty normal childhood. I played on soccer teams from my preschool years and all through high school, I was definitely a better soccer player than I was a student!  By the age of 19, I was selling my jewelry in Kansas City department stores Halls and Soho 119. That’s where I met Carmella Spinelli (Carmella Spinelli was a co-owner of Soho 119 when it was here in Leawood and she was the Associate Chair of the Fashion Department at Parsons she is now at SCAD) and  some New York designers. Carmella encouraged me to apply to Parsons, The New School for Design. I was a student in Parsons product design department for four years while I juggled my time to keep up with my jewelry design, art, and rug businesses. 

Like many other kids, I was introduced to painting through art classes at school (my art teacher Mallory Hilvitz at the Barstow School was the one teacher that always believed in me and urged me to be creative…..she believes in all her students).  I was a constant doodler which turned into a daily activity in high school.  My dad painted and always encouraged me to paint. He framed the first painting I did when I was six and it hangs in his office. He told me then that I was an artist, and I guess I believed him. When I pick up a paintbrush my goal is to always add depth, movement, and emotion but I cannot attain any of that without the right colors.  I go to color to recharge me.

Tide Pool

Where do you find inspiration? I understand that your grandmother was a huge influence on your personal philosophy. 

Color is my biggest source of inspiration. Traveling is also a huge inspiration to me it helps me get out of my personal comfort zone and opens my mind to new things.

Yes my grandmother was and still is a huge influence on my work and creative process. She was the definition of style and taste. A pivotal point came for me when my grandmother passed away in 2008. She left me several pieces of costume jewelry which I reconfigured into a necklace for my mother to wear. That’s when the idea came to me to start a jewelry line that was based on the sense of style my grandmother developed as a model. 

Now my mother is a huge inspiration for me. Like my grandmother, her sense of style is impeccable and always ahead of trend. My mother was a fashion model in the 80's and 90's and most recently was one of the faces of 5F for Bergdorf Goodman in NY at the age of 50 (she is 53 now and jump starting her modeling career again).

Diamond Rail Cuff

Are there other artists or designers who you admire and do you have a mentor?

Yes, there are many other artists/designers I admire such as Matt Baldwin who is another Kansas City native, Adam Lippes, and Peter Som in New York. They have all played major mentoring rolls in my growth and development and I owe a lot to each. Franz Kline is my favorite abstract expressionist artist. Wassily Kandinsky inspires me too. 

I love a lot of the work of street artists like, Blu, RESO and TILT. I was attracted to the size and color I saw in street art as a kid and I respect it as an art form.


Brady your stunning  designs stand apart in their uniqueness and are worn and collected by some of the most elite of the world. What does this mean to you?

It’s very humbling and a great feeling knowing that just one person has somehow been changed or affected by my work, it is really an indescribable feeling, I am just very grateful. It is also a validation that I am doing what I need to be doing.  I love the design process.  

Subway Ring

What is next for Brady Legler in your world of design? 

A dress collection that I am working on now and am really loving the process. I am also doing t-shirt line for men and women, a men's jewelry collection, continuing to paint almost every day, working on my second jewelry collection and adding about 10 new rug designs next year as well and working on my own textiles.


Finally what words of wisdom do you have for the young artist or designer starting out in this very competitive world?

My words of wisdom would have to be don't get caught up in the trends and what everyone else is doing but instead follow your own creativity, find your own niche. 

Diamond Post Earrings

Finally what words of wisdom do you have for the young artist or designer starting out in this very competitive world?

My words of wisdom would have to be don't get caught up in the trends and what everyone else is doing but instead follow your own creativity, find your own niche. 

Abstract Design Rug 

On a personal note: 

What are your favorite restaurants/ places to eat?

So many: Lidia's in KC, the Smyth in NY, S'MAC in NY, Yasuda is a great sushi place here in NY, but Criff Dogs and Shake Shack are everyday places that I love to pop into. Outside KC and NY I love Sunshine Grill in Grand Cayman, Caffe Mingo in Portland, and breakfast at Hotel Arts in Barcelona, and Chipolte anywhere.

Where would you go for some R&R?  What do you enjoy doing on a day that is open to anything? Do you have a dream travel destination?

I love to travel. I like the beach, the mountains, and big cities. Getting lost in a new city. I like spur of moment things, things that are unplanned and unexpected so anything that involves something I have not done or somewhere I have not been are always on my adventure list.

Tell us five things you absolutely cannot live without.

My family, my friends, my sketch pad/pen, a blank canvas and paint.

How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is always changing but I would have to say it is pretty simplistic with an edge. I like well made clothes. I won’t lie, sometimes it gets a little crazy sometimes!

The perfect host or hostess gift ? (other than a pair of your earrings!)

At 25 I haven't gone to a lot of parties where a gift is required but the few I have been to in NY I like to get personal gifts for people so if I get them a bottle of wine or something I will paint over it just to make it a little more special. If it is a time crunch I stop at Dean & Deluca in Soho and get a small box of Kansas City's own Christopher Elbow Chocolates which is edible art.  

What is a special holiday tradition you love?

Staying home and watching movies all day on Christmas with my family. My family is fun so holidays are a blast as long as we are together. When I was younger we started having nerf gun wars on Christmas morning and even now as a 25-year-old man I  still love to do that.

Where can your jewelry, art and rugs be found by our readers. ( I can provide any links you would like.) Do you have any exhibits planned in the near future?

I am currently in Tivol's in Kansas City and my sales rep. and I have been doing jewelry trunk shows all over the country. My art is represented by Evan Lobel at Lobel Modern in New York and I work with interior designers all over the world. The Rug Studio in Overland Park sells my rug line. (jewelry) (Rugs) (Art)

Brady thank you so much for taking the time to participate in this feature!
It is a pleasure to get to know more about you! I wish you all the best in the year ahead!

Thank you to my friends, Family, and Followers who support the Arts!

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Mark D. Ruffner said...

Hi, Karena,

I like the way you juxtaposed Brady's jewelry designs to his paintings to reveal different facets of his talent. I think we'll be hearing a lot more about this hugely creative young man!

Linda Pakravan said...

His is talented beyond his age. Great discovery, thank you!

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

I have to say I adore everything he creates! Absolutely stunning work.
Thank you fro sharing this talent with us.

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Such amazing talent at such a young age! Wow!
Those paintings are beautiful, and the jewelry timeless.
Thanks for sharing!!!

Phyllis Trevor Higgerson, Henhurst said...

Beautiful, Karena! Thank you for the introduction.
All best,

Julia said...

Que maravilla de combinación joyas y arte precioso.
Te animo a echar un vistazo a mi post verás algunas ideas realmente interesantes, que creo te pueden inspirar y harás un paseo por los mercados de Navidad de Barelona. Deseo que pases un buen rato y espero que te guste y si es así y no eres seguidora espero que te hagas, gracias por visitarme.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good grief, this young man is not on his way...he has already ARRIVED in full measure! His designs are rich and mature, indicative of someone three times his age! BRAVO TO HIM! Karena, what lovely artists you always feature. And thank you dear one for always having been so supportive of my work. Thank you as well for stopping by today and I hope you have a peaceful and VERY SPECIAL Christmas this year! LOVE TO YOU, Anita

debra @ 5th and state said...

both of brady's mediums are outstanding, continued success to him!

Splendid Market said...

wow, what a talent, I love it that he can apply his creativity to so many different mediums. LOVE the prism painting that amazing diamond cuff and that final carpet. What great questions you proposed, Karena.

MJH DesignArts said...

I am speechless. So talented, yet humble still. Brady is infinitely blessed. I love the jewelry--so classic, but with a punch. And the rugs? I think that I have just stepped into heaven. Wishing Brady all the best in his creative life. Thanks for this superb interview!!

Decor To Adore said...

The Subway ring is just brilliant! To have such talent at such a young age your title of "genius" is apt.

I wanted to thank you for your kindness and friendship. My wish is that your holiday season is filled with peace, love and joy.

May you and yours be blessed with health and happiness in the new year.

Pura Vida said...

very smart post...this talent is amazing

The Buzz Blog said...

Wow - what amazing talent at such a young age! Love the colors in his paintings and think his jewels belong under our tree. Thanks for sharing him with us, Karena.
C + C

Stacy CUrran said...

Love love love! The abstracts are amazing, but I am such a sucker for jewelry. I ADORE it all. So nice to see someone so young doing what he loves.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Now he has some creativity it!

Woodside Park said...

What a huge talent! So young and so accomplished. His designs are brilliant. I hope you have a festive and fabulous Christmas, Karena! Cheers

cindy hattersley design said...

What a talented young man! His designs are inspiring!! Happy Holidays Karena!!

Unknown said...

Great job with the interview Karina. Mr Legler is quite a talented young man and has a bright future ahead. Thanks for the story. Larry Roederer

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