Inspired by Dad
Sophie started making jewelry at a young age: “I’d turn belt buckles into necklaces.” Today she works out of the Venice, CA, woodshop of her father, sculptor John Okulick. “His sculptures have that wow factor because he’s able to depict volume and perspective in so many ways. I approach jewelry as sculpture, making one piece at a time.”
Sophie crafts her necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings from such woods as glossy African shedua and spotted leopard wood, to which she adds stones like quartz and turquoise. The result is jewelry with architectural appeal. “The pyramid design started with wanting to set a stone in the bottom as a half stone, half wood pendant,” she says.