I am an artist and recovering perfectionist currently focused on Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. While my approach to this ancient practice is untraditional, my respect for it is real — particularly in its embrace of imperfection and the power of transformation.
For eight years I worked as a fine jewelry designer, and before that, as an interior designer. My jewelry collection,
Doryn Wallach Jewelry, was inspired by the Art Deco period as well as architecture and home decor. I won some exciting awards* for my jewelry and saw my creations featured in many publications, including Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair. My jewelry was also featured in a major motion picture starring Emma Thompson. And yet, it didn’t feel like enough.
Shortly before lockdown, I launched a podcast called
It’s Not a Crisis.** I produced over 50 episodes and built a fan base that grew to 25,000 followers. Along the way I engaged in dozens of eye-opening and inspiring conversations with women in their 40s who, like me, are beginning to reconsider their definition of success. Our conversations helped me realize I needed to ease up on my ever-consuming quest for perfection in my personal and professional life. I needed to let go…
In the last year, after 25 years in New York City, I relocated to the Lower Hudson Valley with my husband and our two kids. In my new surroundings, I’ve discovered a community of amazing, creative and innovative people. They’ve inspired me to fully dive into my true self, which, under the pressures of city life, felt somewhat unattainable for many years. Along with Kintsugi, I am currently exploring abstract painting (an art form that always scared me because of its intuitive flow) and taking a limited number of custom jewelry commissions per year.
Where will this journey take me? It’s too soon to tell, but I’m exhilarated by the prospect of discovering who I am right now. I hope that with my work I can encourage you to stay curious, embrace imperfection and help others honor the beautiful broken parts that make us who we are.
*2019 Design Excellence Award in Fine Jewelry by The Accessories Council; Emerging Designer of 2016 by Centurion Jewelry; 2016 JCK Rising Stars Editor’s Choice Award.
**All 52 episodes are still available on Apple Podcasts!