The Nature Of: Monique Weston Art Jewelry

Monique Weston has been an important fixture in the Houston art world for years now, and we’re so thrilled to have her joining the Heartmade family this year! She makes incredible jewelry using vintage items, parts of musical instruments, stamps, and more. Her talent is as big as her heart and we know you’ll want to stop by and see her on May 4th!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Everyone I love happy, healthy and pursuing their interests. And me too. 

Which living person do you most admire?

Larger society-wise: Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Personal: my husband.

What is your greatest extravagance?

ART SUPPLIES and BOOKS! On a good day, I can combine the two by making art while listening to an audiobook!

What is your current state of mind?

Content, busy. 

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


What do you most dislike about your appearance?

Signs of age!

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Constructive-ness - not sure how to put it - doing/making/living his best and if he doesn't know how, finding out how.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Constructive-ness again and kindness

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Haha! These are awesome questions. Probably "neat"!

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My husband

When and where were you happiest?

A day at home when everyone was healthy, connected to each other and happily busy about their favorite things. I had a brief and well-attended art show, saw friends I love, sold some art and got to see friends' artwork sell, met some new friends for drinks, then came home to beloved people, good food and happy dogs. It was fully-experienced gratitude, a perfect habitation of my life. 

Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to write a really good book.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Any day that's lived well. I know it sounds corny but these days it's true.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing what would it be?

An otter! Whiskers and a tail and swimming and mudslides and an innate knowledge of how to play!

Where would you most like to live?

Houston, if it could just be moved into some mountains. 

What is your most treasured possession?

My dogs (if they're possessions?)

What is your most marked characteristic?

Desire to connect

What do you most value in your friends?

Tolerance of my foibles

Who are your favorite artists?

Dewasne, Kandinsky, Pollock

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

Kristy Allmon, Susanne Slade, Agnes Bourely, April Murphy

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

I don't think I know enough history to give a decent answer.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My husband, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, first responders

What are your favorite names?

Autumn Eve, Reverie, Griffin/Gryphon 

What is your motto?

It depends on the day!

From Vanity Fair: "The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature." We've taken the original Proust Questionnaire and modified it a bit for our artists and makers so that they can share more about themselves with all of you. Check out the series to see how they all answered.