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Aleksandra Jovanović



Name: Aleksandra Jovanovic

Website Linkhttp://ksandrajewelry.blogspot.com/

Where are you located? Niš, Serbia

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I was born in Niš, a city in south-east Serbia. Even as a child I was creative and I dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. I wanted to study art, but I never had the opportunity and so I finished Mechanical Engineering at university. I married my childhood sweetheart in high school, and we have son and daughter together. I am happy that I have wonderful family who support me.


When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I only started making jewelry a year ago. I like fine art, and I think that making jewelry is my favourite way to express myself.

What do you make? I make unique handmade jewelry such as rings, bracelets, earrings, hair accessories and my favorite – necklaces.

What materials and methods do you use? I use copper, silver, gemstones, my favorite material being Czech glass beads. I learnt basic techniques for making jewelry on the internet, and now I love to use them all to create a piece of jewelry. Techniques that I use are metal smithing, wire wrapping and wave.

Where do your design inspirations come from? My designs are purely from my imagination. As soon as I see the materials laid out in front of me, I create a picture in my mind of the piece I want to make.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is a corner in my flat. I feel relaxed there as I am always surrounded by the comfort of my family.

Where can your products be seen? My blog,   My Flickr,   Copper wire jewelers,   and my facebook page.

Upcoming events: In October my work will be displayed at an exhibition in a Car History Museum in Belgrade, Serbia.

Magazine articles or pressCopper Wire Jewelers Magazine – Issue 3

Price range: $5 – $150

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: My favorite pieces of jewelry are a cuff and a tie I made out of copper. I used a piercing technique and a saw blade for the first time along with hand graving, which gave the metal a texture. It was a big challenge for me, and I really enjoyed doing this set.

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Theresa Burger

Name: Theresa Burger

Website Link: www.theresaburger.com

Where are you located? Currently located in Cape Town, South Africa but am relocating to Dublin, Ireland in September of this year to begin a MA degree in Design.

Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a 25 year old South African, who grew up in Cape Town. I love life and I am fortunate enough to be able to travel regularly and delight in absorbing foreign cultures and sights. Exposure to such places and people helps with design inspiration and self awareness. The process of designing and making my own jewelry enriches my life greatly and I relish the creative process of exploring these creative energies.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry art? I began my studies in jewelry design in 2005, I enrolled in a design and manufacture degree course at Cape Peninsular University of Technology. I actually decided on studying jewelry through a recommendation from my godmother. Knowing that I was creative and wanted to explore something in a more practical line, she suggested that particular course having visiting a previous exhibition and being amazed by the standard of the students work. Once I began I was hooked, learning the skill of silver smithing is not easy and it is not something that one can just accomplish in a short space of time. Its a skill that demands practice and patience – things I had to learn and am still learning. Ultimately I was looking for the right medium for my self expression and jewelry is such a perfect vehicle for this process.

What do you make? I manufacture most types of jewelry, from rings, neck pieces, earrings and brooches. I would describe my jewelry as being contemporary individualistic items that reflect my creative drive. I enjoy the designing process and my items always begin with pencil and paper, once it gets taken to the bench and one begins fabrication, its a wonderfully rewarding artistic practice. The most important aspects to my designing is that the object is wearable and aesthetically pleasing. The meshing of these 2 elements in a design are essential to all the jewelry I design and manufacture. As far as style goes, I think that is something that needs to consistently develop and grow, I go through stages where my designs are very organic and narrative in nature and then stages where they are abstract and the designs are less literal.

What materials and methods do you use? For the last 5 years I have predominately been working in silver, I also have gold and some platinum smithing experience. My 2008-2009 graduate collection consists mainly of silver, semi-precious stones and resin. The collection revolved around my family tree and each item was inspired and designed around various family members, the tree going back 3 generations. For this particular collecting I used more traditional metal fabrication techniques, allot of hollow construction and piercing. My resin work is a big favorite of mine, I love experimenting with various ideas, I produced a collection of rings where I made the ‘stones’ from the resin in different geometric shapes, using clear resin set holding suspended gold or silver leaf. Currently for 2010 I have been working on a collection I like to call ‘AfricaRich’ – it’s almost like homage to my mother continent before I move. This body of work is more commercial, designs have been simplified for faster production. I have incorporated silver, different woods, bone, animal horn, recycled glass beads and epoxy resin to create vibrant and fun items.

Where do your design inspirations come from? There are many things that inspire me, I believe that it is imperative as a creative person, one must know what inspires you. I agree whole-heartedly with Emma (From Emma Anne Jewelry) that anything and everything has the potential to inspire us. I am very inspired by the beauty of nature but also by previous art and craft movements, a favorite being the Art Deco period. I find what other contemporary jewelers produce very inspirational, especially jewelers who work with using non-precious materials. A lot of my work also centers around autobiographical themes, deriving sources from my own personal experiences. With my current collection it is Africa that is my source of inspiration, the colors, textures and vibrancy serve as fantastic sources.What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have set up my studio at home, in a garage type of a space. Which is not always ideal but as long as I am able to work I really don’t mind. In the future I do hope to acquire a larger studio space to be able to set up another bench. As long as it is quiet and I am able to work in peace, I am happy where ever I may work.

Where can your products be seen? My website,   My flickr

Magazine articles or press: IforOne Blog,   CarrotBox,     Mar De Color Rosa Blog

Who are you a fan of? I adore Mah Rana for her message and the way she sets out to highlight the important role of jewelry within our lives, her work is fascinating. The Australian Julia DeVille, the Dutch jeweller Jacomijn Van Der Donk, who changes the ordinary into the truly extraordinary and Cristian Dorigatti for his bold sense of aesthetic and exciting design.

Price range: $50 – $350

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: This is a silver ring and pendant from my graduate 2009 collection. I chose these pieces because I loved manufacturing them, they were fun experimental items which presented many new challenges for me as both a designer and a maker. They have come to represent a turning point for me as a designer, they signify the confidence and knowledge I gained in the final year of my degree. They contain clear resin and gold leaf and are prime examples of the fantastic aesthetic resin has to offer!

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Emma Stricker

Name: Emma Stricker

Website Link: www.emmaanne.com

Where are you located? Cape Town, South Africa

Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Emma and was born and raised in the beautiful city of Cape Town, which is situated on the coast of South Africa. I grew up as one of three children in a very supportive, close-knit family. Creativity definitely runs in my blood, my mom can only be called an artist, dabbling in interior design, jewelry, beading and painting to name but a few and my brother is an architect by profession but is also one of the most creative people I know.  Put simply, I’m a jewelry designer and manufacturer and I absolutely love the work I do…I’m a creative person through and through and designing is my passion!

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I actually started out studying English and psychology but after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, I decided my heart wasn’t entirely into it and I was craving a more creative path. On a whim at school I’d shadowed a jeweler as a potential career and loved it but I think I was naively too scared to go through with it when everyone I knew was choosing careers in finance. I changed my mind, though, in part because I liked the concept of being able to not only design something, but also be responsible for creating it. There is without doubt an awesome feeling in putting so much of yourself into an idea and then, in the end, having something really beautiful to show for it.

So, after enrolling at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) to study Jewelry Design and Manufacture I was accepted and for the next five years studied the practice of making and designing jewelry (which was a lot more work than I’d ever anticipated). I ended up graduating top of my class and looking back the decision to study jewelry was the best one I’ve made to date. I officially launched my label emma anne at the beginning of this year and I feel like I’ve found my true calling and I absolutely love the work I do which I think is fundamental in life.

What do you make? I design and manufacture jewelry. I would describe the work I do as distinctive contemporary jewelry that is not only unique and intriguing, but that also pushes the boundaries of traditional jewelry by using metals in different ways to create jewelry that is fresh and exciting.  I like to design pieces that haven’t been made before so that each piece is not only beautiful, but also individualist and innovative.

What materials and methods do you use? I mostly use Sterling Silver because it is so versatile and, compared to other metals, is inexpensive. Some of my pieces also incorporate resin or semi-precious stones or even semi-precious beads that I string. Regarding methods, most of my work is made by folding metal in different ways. I like the idea that with repeating a few simple folds in metal, I am able to seemingly complex pieces that are visually appealing.

Where do your design inspirations come from? In terms of my influences, I am inspired by new things on a daily basis from the simplest of lines to the most complex structures…I think there is potential in anything to inspire creativity.

In my current collection, though, the predominant inspiration is the art of origami. I have loosely translated the skill of paper folding into my designs by creating a few simple folds in metal and repeating these in various patterns. What results is an array of simple yet effective pieces with a structured, geometric feel.  This inspiration even plays a role in the design process of my folded collection in that I often start an idea by playing with paper shapes and folding these in ways I think will work or be effective in metal. Once my paper models are made, I translate the workings into metal. It’s really about playing with ideas and being patient enough to come up with fresh exciting designs.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? Two words, organized chaos. I have to admit I’m certainly not the neatest of workers but that’s who I am and I think rather than hindering creativity, it somehow enhances it (or that’s what I tell myself anyway).  I have a studio in my garage at home and that’s where everything happens.


Where can your products be seen? In terms of the Internet, my jewelry can be found in my Etsy shop, on my Website, on my blog, and lastly on my facebook page.
My jewelry can also be found in stores like Mememe on Long Street in Cape Town as well as at Reads Gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Upcoming events: I will be participating in the next annual exhibition at Reads Gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg beginning 2nd September 2010.

Magazine articles or press: The Carrotbox Blog,    Most Beautiful Object in South Africa,   Design Indaba,   Dress Sense Blog,   Kim Gray Stylist.

Who are you a fan of? This is a tough one, I have so many favorites and the list just keeps growing.   At the moment though, I think that the work coming out of South Africa is really inspiring.  I’m a huge fan of two of my contemporaries, Theresa Burger and Nina Schiller (www.inkheartdesign.com). The former creates exceptional jewelry often incorporating resin and gold/ silver leaf in such innovative ways; her creativity is very inspiring. And the latter’s work is really fun and quirky, based on things like word play and childhood stories.

On a more international note, I’m totally inspired by the work of contemporary jewelry designer Mariana Acosta, who plays a lot with form and color, as well as the work of Katherine Wardropper, Yoko Izawa, Ulrike Hamm and Sarah Louise Kelly( Saloukee) to name but a few.  Outside the world of jewelry I’m a big fan of international clothing designer Leanne Marshall whose intricate constructions are a huge inspiration to me.

Price range: $30 – $180

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: The Flow Ring is definitely one of my favorites. It is hand made from sterling silver and has a cut out design filled with color resin. The piece is colorful and contemporary, and has a very individualist intensity. It is one of my favorites because of how it incorporates a very structured, geometric pattern within an overall organic design. I particularly like the fluidity of this ring, which, in conjunction with the cool colors, gives the piece an element of serenity. The ring also features one of my favorite materials, resin. I enjoy using resin in my jewelry, particularly colored resin, not only because it is an inexpensive way the add color to a piece but also because of the effect it creates when light filters through the different colors, casting captivating shadows.  This ring inspired the idea of folding metal that became the foundation of my folded or, as its being called, origami collection

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Susan Seal – Bead Relish

Name: Susan Seal ~ Bead Relish

Website Link: www.beadrelishonetsy.etsy.com

Where are you located? Anderson, Indiana

Tell us a bit about yourself: Years ago my mother told me that when I was a little girl I did not like having my hands dirty — I was always wanting her to wash them off. It’s interesting that today I love gardening and working in clay, two things I never thought I would enjoy. I am intrigued with nature and the natural elements of the earth — plants, animals, rocks and stones, metals and clay. I like the feel of the clay when I work with it and the result I get when I combine a clay pendant with stones, semiprecious stones, or metal adornments, and sometimes it’s fun to incorporate the image of an animal or plant on a piece too!  Nature transformed into wearable art.

When did you begin designing jewelry/art? For most of my life pottery has always fascinated me, especially the work of Rookwood, Newcomb, and the Overbeck sisters. If it was unique, unusual or Art Deco in design, I was even more attracted to it. So several years ago I decided to take a few classes to see what I could do.  I found slab work to be very enjoyable, but wheel work frustrated me. A good potter can make it look so easy, but I think I kept fighting the wheel and it was winning.  When my daughters became involved in bead making and jewelry design, and came up with the name “Bead Relish” for a business that created bead embellished jewelry, textiles, home décor, etc., that started me in a new direction. I wanted to add my own individuality to the business and found that I could incorporate my love of working in clay with jewelry.  It was smaller to work with, I enjoyed the challenge of seeing what I could create, and it definitely was easier to pack and travel with when we did an art fair or festival.

What do you make? At the present time I am creating one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings in several types of clay, embellished with sterling silver; bronze; copper; antique beads, buttons and buckles; pearls; gemstones; lampwork beads; and antique brass.

What materials and methods do you use? I use ceramic clay most of the time, but I like to embellish it with the wonderful metal clays that have been created, such as PMC silver clay, BRONZclay, and COPPRclay. Once fired those clays become pure metal…with PMC silver turning to 99.9% pure silver. I also enjoy weaving sterling silver wire for my necklaces and bracelets. When I work in silver I make most of my S-hooks for closures, charms or pendants from molds I have made from my antique button collection, and I have also experimented with silver wire fusion.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Every moment of the day our eyes rest on designs we sometimes never see because of our hurried lifestyle or because we take them for granted. I am learning to move slower, look longer, and really try to understand the simple and complex designs that are all around me. Since I love gardening, water elements, nature, and form, there is no end to finding inspiration for my work. Given my enjoyment in working with all types of clay, it’s a perfect fit.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have a small studio in the lower level of our home, and it has separate areas where I can work depending on what I am doing at that time: ceramic clay, metal clay, jewelry making, sewing, and photographing my work.  Most of these don’t require a lot of space. In a separate area is a large ceramic kiln that I use to fire earthenware clays.

Where can your products be seen? Right now my products can only be seen on our Etsy site or the occasional local art fair or festival. I am also involved in a new gallery in a neighboring town, and that has been exciting.

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans? There are so many incredible artists it is hard to pick just one but I enjoy the work of bead artist Joan Miller, and the textile techniques in metal by Arline Fisch. Talk about statement pieces! Though not jewelry related, I also love the great potters of the past as I mentioned earlier and am fascinated by today’s miniature potters, Jane Graber and Andrea Fabrega. It is amazing to me how they throw on the wheel those tiny, tiny pieces that measure 1” to 2” in size!

Price range:  $8 – $125

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:
Right now my favorite creations are the Art Deco designs.  I like the clean lines and geometric shapes that to me convey elegance and sophistication.

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Anything else you wish to add? I appreciate your kind words regarding my work and thank you for giving me the opportunity to be featured on your website with the wonderful artists listed here.  I am reminded of a quote I have always loved by Helen Keller, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.”

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Alida Nunez

Name: Alida Nunez

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Website Link: http://www.alidajoyas.etsy.com/

Where are you located? Peru, South America

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m from Lima, Peru and have been living here all my life. I studied Textile Design and worked in this business for almost 7 years not only as a designer but also as an account executive for brands like Liz Golf and Perry Ellis America. During my experience as an account executive I had the opportunity to visit NY twice, and despite the little time I had to make tourism, I really loved it there. I always had the idea of being my own boss and in 2003, after seeing a local jeweler’s interview on TV, I decided to try it myself. Since then I’ve been working with silver jewelry and in 2006 I landed my brand Alida Joyas (joyas is Spanish for jewelry). I’m also venturing in blogging and I expect to have a lot of visitors. Jewelry design is one of my passions. My other passion is music. I’ve been singing for a few years and since 2007 I joined a jazz choir where I found the most amazing people to share my love for music.

3031824451_b677a88a3dWhen did you begin designing jewelry/art? It was in the middle of 2003 when I decided to take jewelry lessons (metalsmithing), but I started designing my own jewelry in 2004.

What made you choose this type of art? I’m not sure why I exactly chose jewelry because I had the idea of taking metalsmithing lessons long before thinking about dedicating to jewelry design. I guess my dad buying me nice pieces of jewelry when I was little had a little to do with it.

What do you make? I make silver jewelry but I work in 18K gold as per request as well. I also make bridal jewelry, which includes engagement rings, wedding rings and headpieces.

What materials and methods do you use? I use sterling silver 950, which is a purer quality than 925. I combine it with Peruvian natural stones such as serpentine, amazonite and sodalite. The technique I work with is metalsmithing.

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Where do your design inspirations come from? I just realized that they find me. They usually come in flashes when I’m listening to music, watching tv or movies, but mostly in my dreams (it comes in handy to have a notebook in the nightstand). I also get inspiration from art and nature, and I’m constantly surfing on the web to see what’s new.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is at home. I always have music on when I’m working. I can’t be without music. And if it’s sunny, even better! Sun usually puts me in a good mood to work.

Where can your products be seen? You can visit me at: my website,   my blog,   dawanda,   Novica.com

3911664338_7a21f5fbb6Upcoming events: I’m designing my new collection and I’m pretty excited about it. I won’t tell you what it is about yet, but I can’t wait to share it with you!

Magazine articles or press: Interview for Handmade Crafts blog
Interview for Sara’s Texture Crafts blog

Photoshoot for a local bride’s magazine Bodas where they showcased my jewelry and tiaras

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans? There are tons of jewelry artists I like. These are some of them: H. Stern,  Alexis Bittar, Claudia Stern

Price range: US$9.00 – US$110

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: One of my favorite designs is my funky set of ring and earrings. It’s colorful, fun and playful and for some reason I identify with it. I don’t mean that I’m colorful, fun and playful, but I do joke a lot.


Anything else you wish to add? There’s no better reward than seeing people wearing my jewelry and being recognized for my style and quality. This makes all the effort worth it.

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Meltem Semizoglu

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Name: Meltem Semizoglu

Website Link: www.meltemsem.etsy.com

Where are you located?  Istanbul, Turkey

il_430xn_54699632Tell us a bit about yourself: After 18 years of being a lawyer I have started beading as a hobby 5 years ago and I have been trained as a traditional jeweler for the last 3 years. Right now I continue my works with silver, gold and semi precious stones. I live in Istanbul with my husband, son and my cat.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I have been interested in crafting since my childhood because my mom used to be an artist also. I have started beading as a hobby 5 years ago. I have found the escape from the stress of being a lawyer with the colorful beads. After studying with beads for about 2 years, I have realized that it wasn’t enough for me to work with ready made materials. So I started to design my own works and learned to do metal work.

What do you make? Necklace, bracelet, ring, earrings, brooch are what I have been producing right now. I also want make hairclips, barrettes and bangles out of silver and gold.

What materials and methods do you use? Silver and gold plate, wires, semi precious stones, freshwater pearls

Where do your design inspirations come from? I am inspired from nature and environment. I also impress that I read a book, watch a movie.

il_430xn_53714942What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  My studio is where my old office used to be. But inspiration might come anywhere that’s why I have my sketch book with me all the time. I sketch anything that comes up to my mind.

Where can your products be seen?  Etsy,   ArtfireBlog,   Ecrater

Who are you a fan of?   Women from any age group who is elegant, stylish , has modern and classic style.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations:  My rose collection. It’s because it’s my favorite flower and I was impressed by a quote of the great Anatolian philosopher, mystic poet Mevlana  “You consist of thought. The rest remaining is the flesh and bone. You become rose garden if you think of rose, you become thorn patch if you think of thorn” 

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Anything else you wish to add: I keep doing and learning this job I  started 4 years ago with passion. When I was create a jewelry silver or gold, stones and tools accompany me on this exciting journey. I believe that this good spirit and energy is also recorded and stored in the jewelry and in its stone. You may feel this positive energy while having the jewelry on you.  I believe that jewelry is a way to complete the dress and express a woman ideas.  I hope you  enjoy to wear my jewelry.

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Patricia Greer

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Name: Patricia Greer

Website Link: www.plgreer.com

Where are you located? Winchester, VA

nk121Tell us a bit about yourself: I used to work as a computer programmer and database designer.  After being stationed abroad for 12 years and returning to the states a year ago my husband encouraged me to pursue jewelry design as a business.  So now I work from home and take care of our very spoiled dog and cat.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I began making jewelry about 4 years ago when my husband and I were stationed in Belgium.  I had a lot of time on my hands and needed an outlet.  Jewelry was it.

What do you make? Right now I make bracelets, necklaces and earrings.  I just haven’t gotten to the rings, fibulas and other things yet but they are in my future.

What materials and methods do you use? I like working with sterling silver, copper and brass.  I love the fair trade beads that I am discovering and also the unique handmade lampwork beads being made.  I am slowly trying to expand my skills and have started to study various techniques such as fold forming.  There is just so much out there to learn.  There’s always something new for me.

Where do your design inspirations come from?  I love to look through books on ethnic and tribal jewelry. I really love the ethnic styles.  I get so much inspiration from the forms, shapes, materials and even the people wearing them.  I also like forms in nature.  I have a collection of leaves and bark from my neighborhood.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I work in my home.  Right now my studio is in the basement but we have just bought a house and I already have my new space picked out so I’m very excited about that.

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Where can your products be seen?  My products can be seen on my website and I have also just joined up with a very talented group of women artisans called the Eclectic Jewelry Artisans.

nk101Upcoming events: Silent auction at Widener University School of Law

Who are you a fan of? Charles Lewton-Brain, Susan Lenart Kazmer, Connie Fox

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations:  One of my favorite pieces is  a bracelet made with lots of wrapped silver and one of a kind handmade lampwork beads.  It very much reminds me of a stormy beach.  The reason I like it so much is because it was one of the first pieces I ever made and the structure of it was really outside of my comfort zone but it felt so good to do this and I really like the end result.  Now I still try to do some things that are outside the box for me.

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Jennifer Smith-Righter

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Name: Jennifer Smith-Righter  

Website Link: www.wearablebydesign.etsy.com

Where are you located?  San Francisco Bay Area

Tell us a bit about yourself: I was formally educated in art and architecture in San Francisco. I’ve been working exclusively in jewelry for about 6 years, but I have a variety of interests, including history and anthropology. I’m currently in the research mode for writing a book about the cultural and historical aspects of adornment and moving that forward to modern materials and techniques.

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When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I took a jewelry class as an elective in College and loved it.  I went back to it as a first love.

What do you make?  One of the first pieces I made was a Tiara for my daughters wedding that converted to be worn as a necklace.

What materials and methods do you use?  I work primarily in silver metal clay, although I also incorporate traditional fabricating techniques into my work.  I also love to add a bit of sparkle by adding stones.

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Where do your design inspirations come from? I love little gears and little moving parts. I love hardware stores and machines. So I’m often making jewelry that takes something mundane and shows it’s hidden beauty. I also love natural forms — twigs, blossoms, seed pods, etc. I’m very inspired by the things I see on my daily walks.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  I have a studio in my home.  My commute is a breeze!

large_oakesWhere can your products be seen?  My most current work is on my Etsy website. My other (somewhat neglected and in need of a revamp) website is where you can see my broader portfolio.

Upcoming events: Valentines Virtual Trunk Show on Etsy — January 29, 2009 at 7:00 pm EST or 4pm PST

Magazine articles or press: Art Jewelry Magazine Website    and   Art Jewelry Magazine November Issue:  Arts and Crafts Necklace

Who are you a fan of?  Charles Lewton-Brain and Alan Revere are the first two that come to mind, but there are many, many peoples work whom I admire.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: One of my favorite necklaces is “Blossoms.”  The blossoms are hand sculpted individually in Fine Silver. They are graduated in size and culminate in a unique double blossomed clasp. The largest blossom measures approximately one inch in diameter and the smallest is approximately one half an inch. The blossoms are connected from behind to create a seamless flow of petals that hug just at the base of the neck. This necklace was the Winner of the Japan Association for Leisure & Culture Development Award in 2008 for the North American Design Competition.

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Anything else you wish to add?  I appreciate the opportunity to chat with you!  Thanks for including me on your website.

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A look back at our December featured artisans

A summary of our talented December featured artisans.  Be sure to check out their websites.

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Christina Bjenning – Esmeralda Designs

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Name: Esmeralda Designs by Christina Bjenning

Website Link: http://esmeraldadesigns.com/index.htm

Where are you located? Sea Cliff, a Victorian  artisan-rich village only one square mile big without a single traffic light on the North Shore of Long Island in New York.

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Tell us a bit about yourself:  “My designs like the diamonds I use are, beautiful, rough, and conflict free. In the spirit of conservation, each piece is created with eco-friendly avant garde methods. The metals are up-cycled. The fine silver recycled from photographic film. The bronze from scrap copper.”

I am a Coffee, Dusty Boot and Music loving Distractable Diminutive Metalsmith and Sculptor living with my family in an artisan village a mere square mile without a single traffic light.

My Soulful, Raw and Ethereal Eco-designs embellish rock musicians, opera singers, Oscar Wilde inspired art historians, alternate life-stylers, cowboys, tom girls, wild moms and other really wild spirits.,I design to music. I design for The Lord.

When did you begin designing jewelry/art? Sculptor and painter  sidelined by science for …ack…12 years.. I began my jewelry designs and smithwork five years ago

What made you choose this type of art? Fascination with the beauty of nature and her materials combined with a solid background in sculpture made me fascinated by metalsmith work and gemstones. Strong commitment to conservation and intrigued by new technology.

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material girl

What do you make? What materials and methods do you use? My designs are made with eco-friendly avant-garde methods and up-cycled metals in order to conserve our beautiful planet. For instance, all my fine silver is recycled from photographic film and the bronze comes mainly from scrap copper.

Needless to say, my rough diamonds are conflict free and I use diamonds mined in four of the 74 countries that signed the Kimberley Process; The Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Canada and Russia. The Kimberley Process and System of Warranties is a UN mandated and monitored system. For more information visit DiamondFacts.org.

Bronze, Bronze Baby! My new line of sculpted bronze pieces, made from BRONZclay™, brand new eco-conscious technology made from recycled copper (bronze is a combination of mostly copper and a little bit of tin) and tin and binder that was shaped and hand-carved and then fired in active carbon, just like out of the ashes in Pompeji. The patina is natural and will reveal shining bronze if you polish it…very cool! My Heart collection features fine silver jewelry that speaks to your heart and my Soul Collection features soulful sculpted bronze pieces. And combinations of silver and Bronze My Spirit collection features one-of a kind high-end spiritual pieces in 14K or 22K gold with exquisite precious stones. Also, here you find my doeskin pieces. Only seven pieces are designed every third year. Previous years collections are sold out, the designs are found in National and International collections of lovely costumers in the US and abroad. Three of the latest designs are still available for purchase.

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slenderest swirl ring

Where do your design inspirations come from? I design to Music, letting the beauty of Nature inspire me as I live by water and walk through the little streets of our village every day. I design for our Lord and cherish my Family my Friends, my rescued pets and the subtleness of poetry and scents.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I live in an old Roebuck-Sears house lovingly restored by its previous owner and we fell in love with the house in particular because of its quirky-ness and the freestanding garage up the hill that we insulated and equipped with workbenches and from its widows I can see the Connecticut Sound on the North Shore of Long Island. I dance and the metals sing in that amazing place:D

Where can your products be seen? My website,    my blog,    my Etsy store,     Indiepublic

Magazine articles or press: Del Mar Times, April 2007

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans? Yes!  The amazing eco-metalsmith Jesse Danger and Artisan, Ironsmith János Gábor Varga of Blind Spot Jewellery and I am impressed by the work of many others.

Price range:  $35 to $3, 500

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Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: Gaia is one of my favorite creations, she is a Peruvian Opal suspended from a yummy14K tasseled gold chain and her colors are like those of the Caribbean…I envision that one day…somehow I find myself in a teeny Cessna in the Caribbean archipelago and I see a constellation of atolls just like in this stone and I point and say-right there-realizing that this is now where I will spend the winters and the plane lands on one of those Islands-yummy green in the middle of amazing blue.

Gaia

Gaia

Anything else you wish to add? Thank you so much for choosing my designs for your interview series,  I am delighted and so honored to be featured amongst such talent.

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A look back at our November featured artisans

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3Fine Design®

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Name: Tracy Behrends (3Fine Design®)

Website Link: http://www.3finedesign.com

Where are you located? Minneapolis, MN USA

Tell us a bit about yourself: I graduated from the University of MN with a BA in International Relations and worked in the airline business for a few years after graduation. Following my time with the airlines, I studied graphic design and typography for a year at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  I’ve been on a creative journey ever since.  In my spare time, I love to garden, listen to music, read, study the Bible, research interesting topics on the internet, watch chick flicks, socialize with my friends and spend quality time with my wonderful husband and 3 beloved pets (2 cats & 1dog). Basically, I’m an optimistic blue jean, T -shirt and boots kind of gal who’s fond of bright sparkling accessories. I love life, laughter and adventure. I’m crazy about animals. They make me smile and warm my heart. One of my greatest desires in life is to bring joy and beauty into the world through the gifts God has given me.

img9109_leather_pendant_1_When did you begin designing jewelry/art? I began designing jewelry in January of 2005 and started my own business in March 2005. The past 3 years have been a tremendous learning experience for me registering my trademark and establishing 3Fine Design®. All of the challenges I’ve faced along the way have caused me to stretch and grow as an artist, a business owner and as an individual. This continual growth and ongoing maturation process is what I find to be tremendously fulfilling on many different levels.

What made you choose this type of art? Designing jewelry allows me the opportunity to express my creative abilities and affinity for graphic design via an exquisite 3D art form. I would describe myself as a graphic designer at heart that applies basic graphic design principles to the jewelry pieces I create. I thoroughly enjoy the visual problem solving aspects and challenges of the design business. Jewelry art allows me a tremendous amount of flexibility and creative freedom. The sky is the limit when it comes to materials, techniques, composition and design possibilities. In addition, handcrafted jewelry is a very intimate form of art. Choosing decorative adornments to wear on one’s body is a very personal decision that makes a public statement about who we are as individuals. When people decide to purchase a jewelry piece, they’re either purchasing it because it suits their own personal style or purchasing it as a gift for someone special. Due to their intimate nature, these pieces are frequently handed down as beloved tokens or heirlooms that have great sentimental value.

What do you make? Most of my most recent work would fall under the categories of contemporary beadwork, wire sculpture and leathercraft. I design a whole range of items to include earrings, bracelets, cuffs, pendants, brooches, necklaces, chokers and the like. I’m very fond of designing pendants in particular and look forward to contemplating some new designs over the winter.

48c9504b18d57_24126bWhat materials and methods do you use? I use a variety of different materials in my work. Recently, I have been focusing more on leather, fused glass, dichroic glass, gemstones, paua, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, seed beads and copper. I have a special affinity for cabochons of all kinds and enjoy discovering unique creative applications for them. Several of my jewelry pieces are hand stitched using embellished right angle weave or bead embroidery techniques. I particularly enjoy the intricacy and challenges associated with tiny seed beads, needles and various beading threads. It’s a very time consuming process with an abundance of love, patience and gratification woven into every stitch. I find that the most time consuming projects are the ones that I derive the greatest amount of artistic and personal satisfaction. In addition, a couple of my other passions include creating wire sculpture pendants and hand carving leather. It’s my fascination with detail and the beauty of the finished product that make the stitching, wrapping and tooling process particularly captivating. From start to finish, I consider each and every new design an exciting adventure.

Where do your design inspirations come from? They come from my heart. I derive a lot of inspiration from the beauty found in my garden, nature, the universe, the Bible, my travels around the world, the Art Deco movement and graphic design.

48b19a11beccf_24126nWhat is your best working environment/where is your studio? Home is where the heart is. I tend to work best at home in my studio where it’s warm, cozy and comfortable. I enjoy working in a peaceful environment. The serenity in my studio allows me the opportunity to remain focused with limited interruptions and distractions. I’ll readily admit that I’m not an advocate of chaos and confusion in my working environment. I’m currently responsible for all the administrative, photography, video production, web, graphic and jewelry design for 3Fine Design®. All of these functions take place within the confines of my home studio.

Where can your products be seen? Retail: Evolve 108 (Eco-Chic Boutique), 108 Webster Street, Monterrey, CA 9394 

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http://www.3finedesign.ecrater.com
http://www.3finedesign.blogspot.com
http://www.youtube.com/3finedesign

Magazine articles or press:  EBSQ Featured Artist Interview (2007), Instablogs News Network Interview (2007)

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans? I would just like to say that there’s an abundance of extremely talented jewelry artisans around the world. The level of ingenuity, skill and craftsmanship never ceases to amaze and inspire me.

Price range: Currently, $10 – $1,500.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: This pendant is made of veg-tanned cowhide that was hand designed, tooled, carved, hammered, dyed and sealed for protection. The focal is a dichroic glass cabochon with bright shades of pink, orange, mint and silver. The pendant is finished on all sides (including the flesh side of the leather) to a smooth glossy sheen. I use water based eco-friendly dyes on all my leatherwork. This particular piece was dyed a deep rich mahogany.

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leather pendant

Anything else you wish to add here: In closing, I would like to say thank you to World Artisan Gems for the opportunity to do this interview. It was an honor and privilege to be asked to participate.

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Sally Jewett-Brocato – Naked Jewelry

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Name: Sally Jewett-Brocato 

Website Link: www.naked-jewelry.com  (This is a re-direct to my etsy shop)

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Where are you located? Los Angeles, CA

Tell us a bit about yourself:  Until January, 2008, I was the co-founder/owner of a video production company in Los Angeles. During those years, I worked with many of the world’s biggest celebrities, recording artists and fashion/consumer brands. It was exciting and fulfilling, but after more than a quarter century, it was time to MOVE ON! My business partner and I were able to sell our business to investors which gave us the opportunity to focus on our passions. For the past few years, I have been making jewelry–first as a hobby and then more seriously as I started focusing on jewelry design for my next career. My latest work can be seen on Etsy under the seller name: NakedJewelry. I have always strived to be at the top and I know I have the best chance of getting there by learning from the best, so I also write a blog to showcase the most accomplished jewelry designers and tell others about interesting vendors and teachers I encounter as I build my business.  Through “meeting” so many talented and successful jewelry designers, I have learned much more than any class!

il_430xn_41265368When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I took my first beading class in September, 2007 at Santa Monica Community College and I was hooked! I started with wire-wrapping and beading but rapidly decided that I wanted to learn the craft of metalsmithing.  For nearly a year now, I have taken classes at Venice Adult School and Loyola Marymount University as well as private lessons from a few very skilled jewelry artists.

What do you make? I specialize in fabricated sterling silver jewelry using natural gemstones.

What materials and methods do you use? I am working exclusively with silver right now and particularly enjoy creating pieces that have texture from my rolling mill processes as well as broom casting.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Since I have not yet found my signature style, my design inspirations typically come from other jewelry artists.  I love to look at what other people are creating and often see ways that I can take an idea and then make something that is unique. One of my favorite designers is Beth Rosengard who specializes in pieces created from gold broom casting.  I am in awe of her work and enjoy seeing how I can use the broom casting concept to make my own creations.

il_430xn_39940395What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My husband helped me build a little studio in an eight foot shed we have in our back yard.  It sits high on a hill above some steep steps so I am quite literally “in the trees”.  I don’t have music or the radio as I love to listen to the birds as I work.

Where can your products be seen?  My work can be seen at my etsy site:  www.naked-jewelry.com

Upcoming events: I have two events planned for the holidays including a West Hollywood wine tasting and jewelry trunk show and a school fundraiser holiday gift event.

Magazine articles or press:  My work has been featured in a variety of blog publications including Wickedly Chic, Shopalicious, Cuteable, In Yr Fshn, With This Ring…and IC Style.  I also recently won the etsy Jewelry Artisans Guild (eJag) Autumn Splendor contest for one of my earring designs.

Who are you a fan of?   My favorite jewelry design artist is Beth Rosengard.  I also admire the work of  Linda Lewis, Karen Klinefelter, Todd Reed and Sue Ann Dorman.

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Price range: $25-$250

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: My favorite piece so far is a broom cast pendant I created using black onyx, Montana agate and garnets. This one-of-a-kind pendant is created from the ancient technique called “broom casting” where sterling silver is melted and poured into an upright broom, creating silver “stalactite-looking” pieces in the shape of the negative space between the broom straws, creating silver pieces that are as unique as snowflakes.

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A look back at our October featured artisans

Thank you for visiting all of the great sites of our featured October World Artisan Gems. We have a growing mailing list with many people coming here to see the beautiful work of these talented emerging and established artisans and their newest creations.  Artisans featured here produce unique and one-of-a-kind artwork ~ don’t miss out ~ allow World Artisan Gems to be your guide to the most spectacular jewelry and glass art from around the world!  Thank you for spreading the word and showing your support for these talented independent artisans!

We will soon be featuring a section of this site dedicated to posting upcoming shows and events for our featured designers. Check back in the coming weeks for this page.

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Lynda Andrews-Barry

Name: Lynda Andrews-Barry

Website Linkhttp://lyndaandrews-barry.com

Where are you located?  Kensington, Maryland, four miles outside of Washington, DC

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I am originally from Berkeley, California, but moved to Maryland when I was in high school.  I have a degree in interior design and worked as a project architect for 9 years before attending metal school in Baltimore. I have been making jewelry for about ten years now, and i love it. I live in a 110-year-old renovated farm house with my high school sweet heart (who is now my husband) and my fantastic black labrador, Oto. I love living in the Washington DC area! It is a beautiful, friendly city (despite what you hear on talk radio) with a thriving arts community.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I believe I sold my first box of Crayon-colored rocks door to door when I was about 6. I thought they were cool and that is the same reason I make jewelry.

What do you make? I make pretty things.

What materials and methods do you use?  I am currently working on two completely different lines of jewelry. “Herban Elements” are a collection of natural forms cast in sterling silver and electroformed in copper. On my daily walks with my dog I collect flowers, weeds, seeds, pods and other interesting natural and found objects. I electroform my finds in copper or cast them in sterling silver and then create jewelry from the new metal parts. Finally, I add textures, patinas and sometimes oil paints to my pieces.  My other work is a grouping of kiln-fired enamels, “high contrast.”  My work in enamel was inspired by me receiving a kiln for Christmas and thus feeling obligated to use it. “High Contrast” are brilliant three-dimensional shapes I cut with dies I make myself using my 20 ton hydraulic press. Sometimes I incorporate vintage stampings into my work. I solder the appropriate sterling silver finding to each piece and then sift the chosen color of glass enamel over it. Every color is kiln fired separately at 1520 degrees.

Where do your design inspirations come from?  I am inspired by everything and anything, or sometimes nothing. I keep a sketch pad with me or I use my Iphone to take photos of stuff, so when nothing happens I am ready. I really have enough ideas to keep me busy for more time than I have in this life, though.

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What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I love my studio! My studio is the basement level of our house: It is bright and organized and big. It has everything I need to make things happen… or watch TV.

Where can your products be seen?  lyndaandrews-barry.com,   designoptions.etsy.com, herbanelements.etsy.com  and Dawanda

Upcoming events:  December 5-22 Washington DC downtown holiday market in front of the National Portrait Gallery. Check my website for exact times: my newsletter/calendar.

Magazine articles or pressWashington Post express featureEtsy Storque spotlight, Etsy Feature:fresh shops  diycitymag.net feature and contributer

Who are you a fan of? The ancient African cultures, especially Nigeria; the ancient Greeks and Romans; the Dutch masters; Michaelangelo; Leonardo; Louis Sullivan; Ettori Sottsass; Angston Hughes; Andi Warhol; my parents; Prince; Barack Obama

Price range: $18-$3400

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  I love this ring because I found the coneflower seed head in my garden. the plant produces lovely magenta flowers each summer, but I had no idea there was this amazing form left over in the fall. After electroforming it in copper, I set it on a ring shank I formed from a tulip poplar tree stamen I cast in sterling silver.

Anything else you wish to add here?  Thank you for noticing my work!

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Donna Millard

Name: Donna Millard     

Website Link: www.fyrebeadz.com

Where are you located? Currently in Rice Lake, WI but I hope to be moving back to Alaska soon.

Tell us a bit about yourself: Born and raised here in the mid-west but once I moved to Alaska I’ve since become an Alaskan through and through.  I can’t wait to get back, it is there that I find the most influence for my work and peace and harmony in my life.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? There is a large outdoor market in Anchorage every Saturday during the summer months and it was there that I first became acquainted with lampwork.  I was fascinated, to say the least and have been captivated ever since.  One thing led to another and I started to make unique jewelry pieces with my beads and often sterling wire.

What do you make? I make a large variety of bead sets and focals.  Often times I make florals or my “Loon” beads.  I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with all the new silver glass in my focal beads as well and I’ve recently developed a new beads style of organic water bugs.  Sometimes I saw my beads in  half and make my own sterling settings for them.

What materials and methods do you use? Effetre, double Helix, R4 glasses, silver foils, enamels, etc.  In my jewelry I use PMC and sterling wire, misc. stones and FW pearls.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Having just spent 7 years in Alaska, much of my work has been influenced from the beauty that surrounded me there.  The ocean, the mountains, glaciers and so on.  My florals were often inspired by the lush gardens in Anchorage, and yes, lush due to the 24 hours of daylight during the summers.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? Right now my studio is located in the back sunroom of my home.  I’ve completely converted it into a studio that overlooks my backyard where there are many flowers blooming in the summer and many birds.  I usually have some sort of music playing in the background as I work.

Where can your products be seen?  On ebay  My work can be found on etsy,  Aurora Bead and Craft in Wasilla, Alaska, and Beadartists.org

Upcoming events:  I will be attending a private art show in Wasilla, Alaska in November 2008

Who are you a fan of? Many of my peers of which there are too many to mention.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  My favorite has to be my newest Waterbugs.  There were something that just happened one day as I was working.  I was so excited as I saw them begin to transform right in front of me.  It was awesome, as glass always is.

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water bugs

Anything else you wish to add?  I want to thank you for featuring me on your website.  I am honored.

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A look back at our September featured artists

Thank you for visiting all of the great sites of our featured September World Artisan Gems. We have a growing mailing list with many people coming here to see the beautiful work of these talented emerging and established artisans and their newest creations.  Artisans featured here produce unique and one-of-a-kind artwork ~ don’t miss out ~ allow World Artisan Gems to be your guide to the most spectacular jewelry and glass art from around the world!  Thank you for spreading the word and showing your support for these talented independent artisans!

We will soon be featuring a section of this site dedicated to posting upcoming shows and events for our featured designers. Check back in the coming weeks for this page.

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Ivona Posavi Psak or IMNIUM

Name: Ivona Posavi Psak or IMNIUM

Website Link: http://ipimnium.blog.hr/

Where are you located? Croatia

Tell us a bit about yourself:  Well I’m 28 years old, live in Croatia and am trying to make it with jewelry. It is not easy, maybe even more so than in many other countries (we had a war 16 years ago, the standard was very low and still is), we were far behind the  modern world until a couple of years ago (internet connections were very rare, there were no craft stores) and we still do not have many things here which are considered normal in the USA (like 925 silver wire). When I started making jewelry I had no internet, no books and no formal education. there are still no jewelry workshops here. I had to improvise and learn everything by myself, so it took me quite some time but at least now I can mix, match and combine all of those “techniques” without any books or tutorials.

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Rainforest

When and why did you begin designing jewelry/art? Jewelry – some 8 years ago and art (or “art”) for as long as I can remember (my mother and grandmother both paint). When I was a kid I found my grandma’s book on crafts but back then there were no supplies available here so I had to wait… I used to play with my mother’s seed beads; she had one single glass tube of various beads. Back in high school I spent most of my free time drawing, painting, designing clothes, drawing posters for concerts, etc…  why? I have an overwhelming need to create things. Jewelry, paintings, sculptures, clothes, interior design, anything! and I won’t stop as long as I’m alive 😀

What do you make? For now I make all sorts of jewelry. from small earrings to very large necklaces. pretty much whatever I feel like making at the moment.  In the near future I’ll start painting and sculpting again and I might start making hats/clothes if everything works out as planned (*fingerscrossed*).

What materials and methods do you use? Materials – mostly glass, semiprecious stones, Swarovski crystals and Czech fire polished beads for now. I’m working on importing other materials which are not yet available in Croatia. Methods – various. Any method/combination of methods which gets the job done (that’s why it is so hard for me to explain how I made something).

Where do your design inspirations come from? I’d say it is present all the time. It doesn’t come, it’s here… so many things to do and so little time.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? Ha, this is a tricky question 😀 I’m not a homeowner yet so I work in a small room. I hope I’ll have a studio of my own one day… but I can work anywhere you put me. Some of my biggest pieces were made on the beach. I take my beads everywhere with me. People already know me as “the one with the beads” 😀 It really doesn’t matter because when I create I’m in my own world 😉

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crown of thorns

Where can your products be seen?  

Deviant Art   Blog and a professional web page coming soon…

Upcoming events: I’ll keep it secret for the time being 😉

Magazine articles or press: None so far

Who are you a fan of?  Nobody yet. I like/admire many jewelry artists but I wouldn’t say I’m a fan

 

Price range: mmmh… well, to this day my jewelry has been priced between 5$ and 800$. Each new elaborate piece is even bigger than the last one and I’m using better quality materials so my prices will probably rise in the future.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: Imperial – This is my favorite set (the bracelet is not on the pic). it took me two months to make it and it weighs over a kilo. all hematite over a seed bead base. I like it because it is cold, heavy, metallic and not all that feminine but looks smashing when worn (with a LBD if possible), even regal perhaps. it makes a statement and can’t be overlooked –  but without being kitschy. Anyways, here it is:

Imperial

Imperial

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Antonija Gospic

Amber Lady

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Name:  Antonija Gospic

Website Link: www.galleriadivina.com  http://faeriedivine.deviantart.com

Where are you from? Zadar, Croatia

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m 28, live in Zadar, Croatia, and work as an editor/journalist/photographer for the local newsportal of my hometown www.ezadar.hr. I study art history & anthropology at University of Zadar (3rd year), and still as a hobby make creative stuff – jewelry, purses, clothes…

Azure bonds

Azure bonds

When and why did you begin designing jewelry/art?

Nine years ago, I think… Started with polymer clay and now I’m totally into wirework. I also like simple clay, but mostly I prefer wire

What do you make? Everything of jewelry – necklaces, bracelets, bangles, earrings, headpieces sometimes. I also make other accessories like bags & purses, scarves (for sale too), and unique clothes (but for myself, not for sale). Two years ago I started doing some photography too.

What materials and methods do you use? I prefer stainless steel wire, and silver wire (but it’s very expensive here in Croatia and very hard to get), glass, semiprecious stones, clay (coloured with acrylic paint), all kinds of textiles, cord, actually everything that I found interesting to play with.

 

 

Where do your design inspirations come from? From lots of things around me – music, movies, fairytales, modern fashion designs, nature… I’m a big fan of history and fantasy and everything related to it (movies, art, music), so I guess that inspires me the most. I study Art history, so that inspires me a lot too, especially Medieval & Art Nouveau period

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  Well, here and there 🙂 I live in a flat and don’t have much space for all my stuff, so I carry wire & beads everywhere around, which drives my husband crazy 😉

Where can your products be seen?  My website, DeviantArt communityPhotography

Upcoming events: Christmas 2008 (local fair) 

Telperion and Laurelin

Telperion and Laurelin

Magazine articles or press:

Two articles in local newspapers ‘Zadarski list’ (don’t have them scanned)
On the internet: T-Portal

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Peachy

 

Who are you a fan of?

J.R.R. Tolkien (literature), Simphonyc metal & rock music, ethno and classical music, art history in general… Jewelry artists: Eni Oken, Iza Malczyk, Krista Raak, Elly Pieper… and many more

Price range: From $5 to $200

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: It’s hard for me to choose just one, cause I’m attached to few pieces. But I’ll select ‘Moonlight flower’ (seen below), which is one of my favourite pieces because it was made especially for the fantasy fashion show that took place at the Istrakon SF convention in Pazin. I wanted to make something really fairy, and I was so happy how it turned out, because I made it 100% spontaneously, without any clue what the design will be at the end. I used simple stainless steel wire, glass in multiple colours and moonstones.

Moonlight Flower

Moonlight Flower

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Lindsey Bucklew – Klewism

Name:  Lindsey Bucklew

Website Link:    www.klewism.com      www.klewism.etsy.com

Katie's necklace

Katie's Necklace

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m an extreme example of the ‘left-handed’ person with ‘right-brain’ hemisphere dominance.  I love asymmetry in nature  and labyrinthine detail with no easily discernible organization.  I’m captivated by animals, music, audio books, and ancient history.  I collect trinkets with sentimental or visual  interest and often use them, perhaps years later, in a painting, collage, or piece of jewelry.  I gravitate towards anything fantastic or eccentric, over the structured and streamlined.

Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

When did you start designing jewelry/art? I’ve been creating things since early childhood.  I come from an artistically inclined family, so drawing, painting, & embellishing were natural pastimes.  Jewelry is a new love.  I started working with wire in 2006, because I wanted to wear jewelry I made myself with elements meaningful to me.  When I started working with wire, and realized the expressive capacity of the medium, I couldn’t get enough!    I was seduced by the tactile pleasure of making wire jewelry from then on. 

What do you make?  I make extremely intricate, one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art.

What materials and methods do you use? I use just about anything in my jewelry:  wire, buttons, beads, rhinestones, screws, nuts, bolts, bones, shells, vintage jewelry fragments, buckles, drawer handles, photos, paintings, fresh water pearls, needles, and semi-precious stones. Then the jewelry just “happens.”  I just start working and the piece evolves organically as I go.  It’s a stream-of-consciousness process that I really only try to analyze in retrospect.  I call it creative improvisation.

 

Stacey's ring

Stacey's ring

Where do your design inspirations come from? I’m inspired by the natural world, especially the details.  The infinite network of wrinkles and ridges on human skin, the endless variations in pattern and texture on the bark of a tree, the fur of an animal, the contours of a seashell…  I’m transfixed by the simultaneously harmonious and distinctive qualities of ‘ordinary’ outside objects:  the paradox that obvious repetitive patterns are always full of anomalies,

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  My favorite studio space was in a large derelict basement.  It looked like it could be haunted.  The concrete floor was uneven and cracked.  It flooded when there was a heavy rain, and there would be ‘lakes’ in the depressed concrete for several days thereafter.  But I always had privacy, the freedom to decorate the environment crazily, and plenty of room to work on many projects at once. 
Now I have a smaller, less eccentric work place, but the magic still happens.

Sea sculpture

Sea sculpture

Where can your products be seen?  My Website, Etsy shop, and Flickr photos

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: The “Helen of Troy” necklace is one of the most labour intensive pieces I’ve ever constructed.  I always listen to audio books while I make jewelry, and I got through “Anna Karenina,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” and “War and Peace” (all unabridged recordings, of course) before I finished. That means that it took well over 100 solid work hours to make.  It was the first time I made anything so intricate.  It’s exciting to see the reactions of women who try on the necklace. Often a woman will be in the middle of a sentence to the effect of “I tend to be a minimalist in terms of accessories,” only to pause, gasp, and stare at herself in the mirror for several seconds as if she just saw herself as a goddess, and then to say “with a simple black dress, this would be stunning…”

Helen of Troy

Helen of Troy

We were excited to feature your unique and unbelievable work here. Thank your for interviewing with us.

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