Have you ever meet someone where when you saw their art you didn’t really know what to say? It’s kind of like being speechless, but you end up saying something anyway that can’t come close to expressing your appreciation of their artistry. During Mystic Garden Festival in July 2012, it happened to me. I was sharing Ye Ming Zhu with several people, and when I looked up to find myself transfixed by a box full of Taylor Cornejo’s galactic jewelry. I knew immediately we were meant to combine skills and create Ye Ming Zhu Jewelry to light up some lives.
Now we’ve collaborated for several years, and I’m glad to share the work of Taylor Cornejo’s Jewelry with you. Several of our collaborations are still available online.
Presenting Taylor Cornejo Jewelry
My first love came from crystals and going out into this Earth and mining them myself. From here I tuned into this magical realm of Minerals of the Earth all the while studying alchemy, occult knowledge, as well as Indigenous ceremonies. Metalwork and creating jewelry found me around 2001 at Humboldt State University, where I graduated in 2005, and have been creating ever since.
My emphasis is on unique hand fabricated designs once made never to be duplicated; while sourcing gems hand mined and cut with loving intentions and awareness… Inspiration comes from the beauty of master works of the past, natural patterns within creation, visionary states, and what has yet to manifest in this time. I love this form of expression and continue to expand in every way…
Getting to know Taylor Cornejo
What creatively fuels your inspiration?
Continually I am surrounded by inspiring beings, ideas, and nature. This is the base of source inspiration for me. The inherent knowledge of our ancestors infused with our dreams of what is to be is how I like to call in inspiration. Through the Earth; she speaks in many forms reminding us of the magical place we live. When we are open and present it is fairly hard to not be inspired!
What got you into your craft?
As an Environmental Science major at Humboldt State University I took a semester break to take Art classes and explore my creative self. During this time I found metalsmithing which was taught by Kris Patzlaff and also where I met Andy Lucas in the studio. Both these people inspired me to keep pushing the limits and expand on the creative process. For 4 years and many late nights in the studio I fell in love with this alchemical art.
Where to do see your work expanding to?
Eventually I would like to expand internationally and into galleries & exhibits across the globe. My ideal reality would be to travel the world moving my studio around, creating, and learning from masters across the world. All the while being inspired beyond my imagination connecting to the Earth and it’s lovely humans.
What interests you about Ye Ming Zhu?
Alchemy has always interested me and feel this is a modern form of transmuting base materials into something greater. The infusion of elemental magic in the form of a stone is quite intriguing. Healing with the Earth is most profound to me and to have come across this ancient yet modern stone is a true blessing. To heal with the elements is the purest form of healing for me.
Any words of inspiration or wisdom?
To be present and trust has been my greatest teacher throughout this path. To believe in what you are doing all the while being patient throughout the whole process of creation. Through the process we learn everything and unlearn what we do not need any longer. When we become clear with our intention~ inspiration, creativity, and the ability to manifest our ideas come into our reality with ease. This is my meditation and gift to this world.
Creations and Collaborations