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Monthly Archives: August 2008
Name: My Belle Bijoux (Michelle Hambourg)
Whereare you located? Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tell us a bit about yourself?
Bio: Michelle Hambourg is a jewellery designer, an entrepreneur and above all, an artist.
She has been dabbling in the arts for many years, ever since the day she painted a mural on her bedroom wall with the contents of her diaper! As the story goes, her parents were less than thrilled with this installation piece but look back on it now as the first sign of Michelle’s unyielding creativity and artistic passion.
As she grew out of her diapers, Michelle continued to follow her imaginative intuitions and had an active involvement in the arts throughout public school, high school and university, eventually leading to her BA from the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University. She believesthat it is her artistic background that has given her the impetus to alwaysstrive to construct one-of-a-kind pieces, unlike any others she has seen before.
When did you start creating your jewelry/art? I first started to play around with beads about 5 years ago. My designs have evolved and changed quite a bit since then, and I have only been creating the type of jewelry that I make now for about a year.
What exactly do you create? I make one-of-a-kind artistic jewelry, specializing in wire work and wood burning.
What materials and methods do you use? Mainly wood and wire and various beads. My favourite beads lately are usually freshwater pearls and shell beads.
Where do your design inspirations come from? I am mostly inspired by trees and nature; anything surreal or with a dream-like quality; and of course, other artists.
Where can your products be seen?
Hype on King
September 6thin Kitchener, Ontario
September 27th– 29th at the Exhibition In Toronto, Ontario
Who are you a fan of? I’m a fan of ALL of the fabulous artists on Etsy.com
Price range: $5 – $50
Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: One of my current favourite creations is actually my newest collection, which is still in the experimental phase. I refer to this new collection as “Multi-MediaPendants,” as they can’t really be categorized as one specific form of art. To create these pendants, I first etch a design into a wooden shape with a woodburner. After that, I hand paint them to add some variation in colour, then I affix various beads and other embellishments to adorn them. After that, the piece is coated with resin for a shiny, protective seal. You can see the first few completed Multi-Media Pendants here:
We enjoy the interesting and original ways you mix media to make such pretty designs!
Name: Ileana Munteanu
Website Link: www.enchanted-beads.com
Where are you from? Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a jewelry designer specializing in hand made bead woven jewelry. I am also a linguist, a proud mother and grandmother.
When and why did you begin designing jewelry/art? I was always very creative and I used my free time for making things that I could wear or I would need around the house, a mosaic table for example. Later, I started making evening dresses with beautiful appliqués (flowers, leaves, butterflies) made of pearls and tiny beads, that looked like a piece of jewelry. I sold them in galleries as a part-time job. Little by little, I realized that what I enjoyed best in designing and making an outfit was actually the elaborate embellishment. I started to make little pieces of jewelry developing new techniques as my jewelry evolved. My decision to concentrate only on the embellishments was how I started my jewelry collection about 12 years ago.
What do you make? I make brooches, necklaces, earring, bracelets, and beaded boxes.
What materials and methods do you use? I love semiprecious stones and pearls, therefore I use them all the time. I combine them with seed beads and I use the tiniest of Japanese seed beads, the size 15. The scale, shape, and variety of color of the material help me to mold my pieces. I would use my seed beads much like a painter uses colors and brush strokes to convey his version of imagery. The main method I use is bead weaving and my favorite techniques are modified peyote and netting/lace.
Where do your design inspirations come from? Nature is my main source of inspiration: Flowers, ladybugs, butterflies are featured in my pieces. Sometimes I get inspired by the semiprecious stones I find. I put them together with pearls, gemstone beads and colorful seed beads in a specific design, carefully coordinating the colors to achieve a natural, shaded look by incorporating several nuances of beads for each color I choose. After completing this most important first step, I find the right time for the beading process.
What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is in my apartment. It is a small room, organized in a way that would always help me find the materials I need. I like to listen to classical music while working.
Where can your products be seen? There are a few Galleries on the East Coast currently selling my jewelry: One in Brooklyn, two in Chicago, one in Annapolis, MD, and one in New Hampshire.
My products can be seen online as well: The Enchanted Beads Website, Etsy Shop, My Portfolio can be seen on Talent Database and Myspace
Crafts at the Cathedral
Dec 5, 6 & 7, 2008
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
New York, NY
Magazine articles or press:
Bead & Button Magazine:
* Issue # 14, December 1996
* Issue # 42, April 2001
The Crafts Report – May 2001
* INSIGHT section featuring Jewelry
The Crafts Report January 2007 issue
Ileana Munteanu: Ambassador of Jewelry by Darcel Rockett
Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: I created the Ladybug Pin when my granddaughter was very little. She was fascinated by ladybugs so I decided to make for her a bead woven ladybug. I participated with this Brooch in the 2004 FIRE MOUNTAIN Gems and Beads Beading Contest and it was a FINALIST. It was featured in the Fire Mountains Gems and Beads 2004-2005 Catalog, page 439 and the 2005-2006 Catalog, page 397
Anything else you wish to add? The permanent connection with the arts and the artists is beneficial for my evolution as an artist. Visiting museums and galleries, staying in touch with a community of creators online gives me support and fuels my inspiration.
Congratulations on all of your well-deserved recognition!
Name: Rose Moore – Clearlight Jewelry
Website Link: www.clearlightjewelry.com
Where are you located? San Francisco, CA
Bio: A FAMILY OF ARTISTS Joso Vidal and Rose Moore, husband and wife, along with their son Owan Stenzel hand paint each of these uniquely designed natural shell pendants and earrings. They are drawn to the natural light embodied in each shell and strive to create beautiful works of art for your wearing pleasure. Each artist has their “signature” designs, their own exclusive creations. Here you will find Joso’s sunsets and Gaudi inspired abstracts, Rose’s flowers, floral abstracts and landscape designs as well as Owan’s intricate raindrop patterns. At the end of the description of each hand painted shell on the website you will find the artist’s initials, JV (Joso Vidal), RM (Rose Moore) and OS (Owan Stenzel) identifying their individual works of art. Accomplished artists in both music and fine art painting, check out Rose and Joso’s individual websites for additional information: Joso Vidal and Rose Moore
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a singer songwriter and a painter. I paint one of a kind natural shell pendants and earrings.
What do you make? Hand painted one of a kind natural shell jewelry (pendants and earrings)
What materials and methods do you use? All natural mother of pearl pendants and earrings, special formula paint that creates permanent small works of wearable art.
Where do your design inspirations come from? Nature, I paint landscapes, moons, sunsets, flowers, floral abstracts
Where can your products be seen? Clearlight Jewelry and on Etsy
San Francisco Gift Market Oct 10-12, San Francisco
San Mateo Harvest Festival, San Mateo, California
Who are you a fan of? Georgia O’Keefe
Price range: $22-$55
Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: I specialize in floral designs. One of my favorite pieces is a peony I created in fall colors instead of the usual pinks and fuschias.
Thank you for allowing us to interview you and learn more of these beautiful tiny works of art and of your talented family!
Name: Kristy Lee
Where are you located? Arkansas
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a California beach native, now living in the “foothills of the Ozarks.” I do jewelry as a hobby when I can.
When and why did you begin designing jewelry? In 2005. I have been a collector of vintage and costume jewelry for almost 20 years, during which time I never thought of making my own jewelry. I lived a fast paced California life as a UPS driver. In 1998 I had some physical problems causing me to be unable to work. I eventually discovered that I could make jewelry. I decided I wanted to have a lasting contribution to the world, which is why I sign my jewelry. From the moment that I made my first piece, I was hooked.
What style of jewelry do you make? Vintage inspired (50’s-60’s) ‘one of a kind’ and sometimes ‘over the top’ beaded costume and gemstone jewelry. Kristy specializes in extraordinary bib necklaces.
What materials and methods do you use?
I piece my jewelry together using various components including plated metal findings (eyepins, headpins, jumprings, chain) and of course glass, gemstone, pearl, unused vintage, and polymer clay beads.
Where do your design inspirations come from? Mostly from things I see; colors, nature, flowers, candy…. also feelings/emotions inspire what I make.
Upcoming events: Fall Craft Show in Hardy, Arkansas
Who are you a fan of? Vintage jewelry designers. There are too many to list.
Price range: $3.00-$300.00.
Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: My favorite is my rose garden necklace because it is so appealing to the eyes. It looks delicious and reminds me of buttercream frosting.
Anything else you wish to add? I am currently volunteering at our local animal shelter which is in desperate need of supplies to care for these animals. I am presently donating 20% of all sales to the purchase of food, medicine and supplies for this shelter.
Thank you for your interview and your extravagant bib necklaces and we hope this interview will bring some needed supplies to your animal shelter!
Name: Vicki Verbanic – Ocean Life Designs
Website Link: http://www.oceanlifedesigns.com
Where are you located? Florida, USA
Tell us a bit about yourself: I first became fascinated with shell work when a close friend of mine was moving back to Switzerland and left me her craft shell collection. I started playing around with them and have been hooked every since. It is amazing the different type of works that can be created with these gems from the ocean!
When did you start designing this type of jewelry/art? I have been crafting since I was 10 years old and my mother taught me to knit. I love all sorts of crafts. I spent many years making jewelry, and still love working with wire and metalsmithing, but that has taken a wayside to the shell art.
What do you make? Shell art of all types! I love vintage shell jewelry, but there are some obstacles in recreating a lot of these designs – besides locating the components, many of the shells used in bygone days are no longer being harvested, and when they are available many times are cost prohibitive.
What materials and methods do you use? Shells of all types. My flowers are done using hot glue. When I work on smaller “valentine” type items, I use Bond 527, it allows movement of the shells.
Where do your design inspirations come from? Gosh, not sure how to answer this. Sometimes it is just a lot of trial and error when working with the shells!
Where can your products be seen? http://www.oceanlifedesigns.com
Who are you a fan of? A fan of? I am jealous of people that live near the water and can shell any opportunity they get – does that qualify?
Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: My favorite work to date has to be the pocket watch pendant that I did as a gift. I have seen other shell artists do these, and wanted to try one. It was a challenge and I am looking forward to attempting more of these!
Anything else you wish to add? Thank you for giving me this opportunity – I will be watching with anticipation and hoping that you have much success with your site!
Thank you for your interview and we will anxiously await your possible future attempts at vintage-style shell jewelry!