We had the good fortune of connecting with Gayl Pinnock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gayl, what do you want your legacy to be?
I’m so complex. I wish I could simplify this answer but, I want to be remembered as a dynamo of depth and expression. A multifaceted and layered vessel of prismatic energy. A conduit of Beauty and Magic. I have a gift for being able to extract the beauty and magic in otherwise unimpressive things and circumstances. Both in my art and in day to day life. I see beauty and magic in everything. NOTHING is ONLY as it seems on the surface, and everything can always be so much more with just the right pressure, belief and vision. I think that’s why my creative work fuels me the way that it does. The ability to take a few random things that perhaps on their own are nice to look at best, and make them into something magical and marvelous. I think that it’s a testament to what I want my overall legacy to be. My life on the surface has never been all that monumental, but give me just a few materials, peace, laughter, something or someone to love exponentially in that moment and a sweet song in my head and I’m guaranteed to make something beautifully magical. And if I’m lucky, it will outlast me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The need to heal deep, soul level, visceral type trauma and pain is what led me to this work. Somewhere around 2014 I started to study, and practice working with the Chakra’s and fell in love with the various crystals and stones that are associated with the different chakra’s. Like Rose Quartz for heart chakra healing. After some time, I developed the desire to have these healing peace of earth’s vibrations on me at all times. So I went from keeping palm stones in my pockets to wanting to adorn myself with these beautiful elements where it would be visible to the rest of the world like “hey, this chick is healing! Can’t you see all this beauty and magic on her?” It was that desire that led me to learn how to wire wrap crystals. I am self-taught and intuitively guided in my creations. I love bold eye catching statement pieces and as I would make rings, bracelets, necklaces etc, for myself and wear them out and about, I was often stopped and compliment and asked where I got my pieces from and were they for sale? And thus began my journey. I will say it’s had its ups and downs. A lot of both spectrums. Always did, still does and likely always will. it’s cool though, I can gracefully rock with the ebbs and flows. There are times where demand is high and I feel so seen and appreciated, and there are other times where its crickets and no one seems to know I exist in this arena. It’s definitely a challenge to keep ego in check and remind myself that the work itself IS the healing and the work itself IS the purpose. Lessons I’ve learned along the way: 1.) If you want to experience something beautiful, you need dedication and passion 2.) Don’t scrap the whole dream just because it doesn’t appear to be coming out the way you originally envisioned 3.) If you apply the right pressure, difficult things will be bend to YOU 4.) Sometimes the most beautiful things are created when you’re not hung up on the outcome 5.) If you keep working on it.. that thing that you thought wasn’t turning out right.. turns out far better than you could have ever imagined 6.) If you love it, never give up on it. 7.) Create magic daily. That’s my brand and story.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a Cali native so there is always (pre Covid-19) SO much to do! I say start the day with latte’s at my favorite little coffee shop in Pasadena, CA ‘Lavender and Honey’, or have breakfast at this dope spot in Monrovia called Peach Cafe. Then do a mid-morning hike up Chaney Trail in Altadena. it’s an awesome little light hike, about 45 mins one way and you end up at this absolutely gorgeous waterfall. It’s so scenic and serene. I’d start my day with that hike EVERY day if life allowed. Next, head down to the Miracle Mile area and spend a few hours at LACMA, Los Angles County Museum of Art. (I love museums), have lunch at one of several Ethiopian restaurants in little Ethiopia, drive down to Venice beach, rent bikes and ride all the way to the Santa Monica pier, have dinner this amazing Brazilian restaurant called Bossa Nova in West Hollywood (I’m a vegetarian but the vibe of the place is amazing) and dance the night away at a reggae club in LA. What a day right?!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to shout out my kids. Absolutely the best of me in the flesh. Being a mother is the first reality I created for myself. Its where my power to create first manifested. Long before I was creating beautiful jewelry, I created beautiful people. My children are my life’s work. They are my living legacy. THEY taught me that I was a creative and a creator, through their very existence. I have infinite gratitude for them and they don’t get enough credit for their part in helping me to discover the artist within.
Danielle Salmon (photo of camera shot)