Who Am I ?
An Introduction to MARTI HEIL
1: Who am I?
I am a girl within a woman, within a single mother. I am a hopeless romantic who still believes that love conquers all. I laugh at all the wrong places in films and I am probably the only human being who actually slipped on a banana peel once. I talk to strangers. I am touched by almost everyone I meet–we all have our “story” and I believe that the way we support and protect one another is the way to a meaningful life. My home reflects my whimsical style and slightly resembles a Tim Burton set. I have an obsession with the worn, hand-painted advertisements on the antique buildings in NYC.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am a musician and artist. I am a more than slightly askew designer of whimsical sterling silver and gold jewelry with a tongue-in-”chic” attitude. On my online store you find things like a “Harmonicuff” which is an exact replica of a vintage harmonica wrapped around the wrist. Or a pair of full scale “John Lennon” Glasses which go over a jacket pocket as a pin, a collection of Sterling Silver “Gumball” Rings, or my “Home on the Wrist” cuff, which resembles a log cabin with windows and a door. Silliness with shine, I take ordinary objects, some associated with “women’s’ drudgery” and transform them into fashion statements.
I have just launched an international online store for my work, Fables in The Air. I have tried to create an “atmosphere”, more than a store–with Edith Piaf music, incorporating videos and the kinds of bells and whistles suitable for people with ADHD.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m going full steam down the road I started on as a young girl. Speed bumps? Detours? What are those?
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Ralph Feinnes. Tell him to call me…
5: What book is your bible?
Actually, the Bible IS my “bible”. Not to oversimplify, but the Bible is really a guidebook to love with a capital “L”.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love and respect my children more than words or this amount of space can express. I love my mentor, my little Mama. I love my friends. I love afternoon sunlight, velvet overstuffed chaises, a summer bed swathed entirely in white, the smell of fabric softener wafting through the laundry room vents of NYC apartment buildings, angel food cakes decorated with flowers from my garden, laughing until I cry, England, Prague’s St. Charles Bridge. I love that I have a signature scent and that it is called “Angel”. I love red lipstick and going barefoot. I love hydrangea and roses and they surround my home. I love a place called, The Aroma Cafe in LA where an over door sign wishes “May your next Hour be O’er-flowing with Joy”.
I am not particularly crazy about people who enjoy bursting bubbles, are unkind or unethical.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I sometimes think that life lives me, rather than the opposite being true, and I don’t see that as a bad thing, really.
8: What is your favorite color?
The sky at twilight, just before sunset.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I have a particular fondness for Spider-Man.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Vinyl and The Bowery Ballroom. High tea at The Plaza Palm Court in “the day”…
11: What turns you on?
Kindness. People with integrity. And certain Bryan Adams songs.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
If you could be a shoe, what kind of shoe would you be?
Marti Heil started designing jewelry while pregnant with her first born (or would you rather say son?) Reeve. Under the tutelage and wings of Betsy Rogers of FIT Marti Heil’s flair and natural instinct for design awarded her an introduction to the best caster in NYC, Joe Lpek. Marti would observe in the factory the skills and techniques used by the talented craftspeople and wax model workers. While still using the same artists and caster 27 years later, Fables in the Air continues to push the limits of what’s possible and implement the art form of the lost wax method of casting today.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Jillian Mercado
Photography by Jade Albert / Courtesy of Marti Heil
Hair and Makeup by Rita Madison
Design by Jillian Mercado
Marti Heil at Go Studios, 2011, New York City, NY, Photography by Jade Albert