Name: Mirjana Cesar
Website Link: www.mirjanacesar.com
Where are you located? Orlando, Florida
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m a full time mixed media artist/wearable art/jewelry designer. I was born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia. I studied furniture design at University of Zagreb. In 1992, I moved to USA with my husband (who is also an artist), where our three children were born.
When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? From a very young age, my artisan grandparents and my mother influenced me with their creative spirits. They taught me sewing, needlework, crotchet, knitting and everything else involving fiber. I started designing my own clothes and jewelry when I was in elementary school. We didn’t have any beading supply stores or “how to” books in Yugoslavia (Croatia was part of the federation at that time), but I used my grand-grandmother’s stash of Czech seed beads and any other vintage beads that I could find to make my earrings and necklaces. Through my thirties I put my creative ideas to rest and devoted myself to raising my kids. About four years ago I started painting, and little bit later I discovered free form peyote.
What do you make? I make wearable art jewelry, fiber art accessories and mixed media artwork.
What materials and methods do you use? Any kind of beads, precious stones, mosaic tiles, fiber, yarns, basically anything I can find interesting and combine it into my designs. Recycling is my favorite source of materials. Freedom of the free form peyote technique intrigues me, and I love exploring the new possibilities it provides.
Where do your design inspirations come from? Nature is my primary inspiration, memory of my grandmother’s designs, rich Croatian folk heritage and my plentiful inspiration. Very often I don’t really plan new project, just pile up materials and let it develop by itself.
What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is on the loft in my house. It’s divided into my beading area and painting area. I love listening to spiritual, calming music while I work.
Magazine articles or press: I didn’t submit to any magazines yet, but I’m planning to do it in the near future.
Price range: $20-$300
Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: “Golden Star” was one of my first creations. It’s Free form peyote stitch necklace with mosaic glass tile, free form freshwater pearls and seed beads.
Anything else you wish to add: I’m grateful to be included on your website. I’m also very glad to see more and more appreciation for handmade jewelry.