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Nataša Tesner

Name: Nataša Tesner

Website Link: www.nakit-ulmana.si

Where are you located? Ljubljana, Slovenia

Tell us a bit about yourself: I grew up in a charming rural environment. My parents were divorced when I was still young. I could describe my childhood as modest but happy and always joyful. I lived with my brother, my mother and grandfather, who was, in a way, my second father. When I turned 16, I met the love of my life. We have been happily married for some years now and have a son and a daughter.  I finished high school, business and administration, but had to get a job immediately because of money. I work as a bank clerk. Designing jewelry is, for the time being, just a hobby. I am my happiest and most creative when surrounded by my family, listening to wicked dance or romantic ethnic music.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I began designing in my mid twenties. At first, I did silk painting but later wires weaved their way into my fingers. It came very spontaneous. Ideas were being born and the first necklaces made on the spur of the moment and out of imagination. I have been designing for 15 years.

What do you make? I design necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Occasionally, I would do a brooch or something. I leave a piece of myself in every finished product.

What materials and methods do you use? When designing, I mostly use colored craft wire, polymer clay and other synthetic materials. Every now and then a pearl, a gemstone or glass or wooden beads are interwoven into the wires.  Products don’t have to be expensive to be beautiful. I think it’s stupendous to be able to thread an astonishing design out of common wire that you can easily and without embarrassment wear on special even formal occasions.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Ideas come spontaneously, often in the still of the night over the city, when it’s off to dreamland. That’s the time to reflect on new projects. Sometimes, I’d make a draft sketch, so that it doesn’t slip my mind, but it only happens so often. Most of the time, though, I just let my imagination roam. An idea would cross my mind but then good music, a touch of inspiration and a combination of the right colors do their thing.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? There is no particular place for designing that I would call my own. I tend to move around a lot; one time I’d work in the kitchen, the other in the living room. In the summer, I find it particularly snug to sit at the back of the house and design outside. Most of all, I consider good lighting to be very important, as the wire is very fine and the eyes suffer considerably.

Where can your products be seen? All products can be viewed at my online gallery, and some are featured on my Facebook profile Nataša Tesner Nakit Ulmana.

Upcoming events: None currently. Looking for opportunities.

Magazine articles or press: Over the past years I’ve entered two jewelry competitions for charity and have received positive reviews at both. I have been a finalist for the »Create for Life« competition for the first time. All proceeds from the sale of the jewelery from the finals went to the renovation of the Institute for Oncology Ljubljana, under auspices of Europa Donna, the European Breast Cancer Coalition, and for my second finals placement at the »Create for Fight Against Violence« competition, I received a special prize from the BELI OBROC Society (Fight Against Violence Society) for jewelry with a message.

Last year, I was honored to host at my home Ms Lorella Flego, a renowned Slovenian fashion expert, who did a piece on my work for Glitter, a fashion program hosted by Slovenia’s national television.

Who are you a fan of? I am fascinated by the work of Ms Tanja Curin, an established Croatian jewelry designer. I find her jewelry exceptionally feminine..

Price range: My products are valued at $15 up to $400.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: One piece from my collection is particularly striking; it’s a necklace, a black beauty, fit for the evening, formal occasions. It’s made of fine threads, intertwined in a labyrinth of thicker wire; I designed it in the moment’s inspiration, without a draft sketch or a preconceived idea and it gives the piece the appearance of intricate lacework. More than 100 hours of work went into the piece and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.

Anything else you wish to add: I assuage the stress of the hustle and bustle with my hobby, which is slowly growing into something more, fueling my desire to own a small shop in the old city center, where my products could bring joy to admirers of unique pieces of jewelry.

My motto is ” Full of inspiration, accompanied by the three persons, dearest to my heart, I pursue my dreams” ULMANA

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Su Fen Tan – Il Mare Atelier

Name: Su Fen Tan

Website Link:   ilmare-atelier.blogspot.com

Where are you located? Singapore

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? Born and raised on a tiny tropical island in Southeast Asia, I’m grateful for the proximity to the lush greens of nature when most cities are monochromatic.  I’m also fortunate to have many opportunities in my life to experience and learn about the various art forms and cultures of the world.  My creative journey started a few years ago when I was learning to paint with oils.  As time passed, I wanted to create art that could fit more easily into everyday life and that was how I began experimenting with gemstones and wire and my own line of handmade jewelry was born.

What do you make? Earrings, bracelets, necklaces in a variety of colors and hues from mauves and pinks (my favorite!) to violets and blues.

What materials and methods do you use? I’m amazed to discover the incredible variety of high quality materials available to jewelry designers!  I use mainly semi-precious gemstones and pearls with goldfilled and sterling silver wires and love to create clusters from these using wirewrapping techniques.  I’m looking forward to exploring more complex wirewrapping styles in the future.

Where do your design inspirations come from? It is hard to pin down a single source really.  I could be inspired by a story, a painting, a piece of music, a poem, a bunch of flowers…inspirations manifest themselves in the most unexpected forms.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? A section of my room is dedicated as my studio area where I work.  I love to lay out my beads and sometimes ideas and inspirations develop on the spot as I pick and choose the gems.

Where can your products be seen? My creations can be seen at both my Etsy and Artfire studios.

Magazine articles or press: It has been my pleasure to be featured on:  The Bright Side Project, Cuteable, and Handmade News.

Who are you a fan of? There are so many talented artisans out there and here is just to name a few whose works take my breath away – Iza Malczyk, Emily Gray of EmilyGrayJewels, Mgypsy,  Magdalena.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  My favorite creation has to be this piece – Lavender Fields bracelet.  I am a big fan of mauves and pinks and this bracelet is created from lavender amethyst and cherry red rhodolite and pink topaz.  What touches my heart about this bracelet is the dash of sunshine yellow citrine which I felt help to bring the rest of the gems to life.

Lavender Fields bracelet

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Lisa Bruemmer

Name: Lisa Bruemmer

Website Link: www.treeandkimball.etsy.com

Where are you located? Philadelphia, PA

Tell us a bit about yourself: After working as an apparel designer at Anthropologie for a little over four years, I have just recently left my job in order to focus on my jewelry business. I am a lover of all things vintage & storied… some of my favorite finds are: a well-worn Russian book of nursery rhymes, a hand-carved portrait of a woman on a piece of scrap wood, and an antique crochet lace blouse. I inherited my craftiness from a long line of quilters, tatters, embroiderers, & seamstresses. I’m originally from Ohio, currently live in Philly with my fiancé & precious pup, aspire to see every corner of the world, and to live in a few of them too!

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I started making jewelry about a year and a half ago – just as a little something to occupy my creative energy after my day job. I have always loved & collected lace – my Great Aunt Marg was an incredible tatter & I was blessed with part of her collection when she passed away. Although none of her actual pieces have made it into my Etsy shop (they are tucked away safe & sound!), they got me thinking about how I love the juxtaposition of delicate against tough — in this case, lace against metal. I tinkered around, made my sister & some close friends some pieces & voila, I was in love. I’ve been keeping at it ever since.

What do you make? I make necklaces & earrings out of vintage lace & findings.

What materials and methods do you use? I use vintage lace, vintage glass beads, & antiqued chain.

Where do your design inspirations come from? I am inspired by so many things & people… some of the necklaces in my shop have been inspired by & named after those closest to me. Beyond that, I look to nature & all of the amazing vintage bits & baubs I have surrounded myself with… their well-loved looks always put me in a happy place!

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is nestled in a cheery little corner of my house, stuffed to the brim with all of the things I love. I have everything I need at my fingertips, either tucked away in a charming little cabinet that my grandfather made, or lined up along my favorite wall in the room – it’s covered in lovely lace wallpaper by British artist Louise Body. With sunshine streaming in through the windows & my little pup, Atlas, keeping me company, I’m at my best.

Where can your products be seen? In my Etsy shop & on my Facebook page.     Also, my jewelry can be found at Vagabond Boutique in Philly, The Little Apple in Manayunk. White Elephant Boutique in Ontario, and Tedda Hughes in San Francisco.

Upcoming events: I will be participating in the next Punk Rock Flea market to be held in Philly later this month! It’s always a great time.

Magazine articles or press:
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Who are you a fan of? Elinart, Spinthread, Laura Lombardi, Miss Amy Phipps, Wondercabinet, Debeaux Souvenirs, Lapomme, Elsita, Enhabiten, Liarock… all on Etsy!

Price Range: $18 -30

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:
Of what’s currently in my shop, it would have to be the Corinne necklace – it’s named for my dear aunt, and I love the tiny faceted leafy green beads.

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Einat Agmon

Name: Einat Agmon

Website Link: http://www.einatagmonjewelry.com/

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Where are you located? Buffalo, New York

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I am originally from Israel and was raised in Jerusalem. I found much inspiration for all my artistic interests through the beauty and history of the land. I have had many hobbies throughout the years, but my main focus was on artisan jewelry and music. Both have been my greatest passions since early childhood. I started making jewelry when I was 12 years old and by 17, I was teaching jewelry classes at an arts and crafts shop in Jerusalem. After high school, I enrolled in the Israeli Army as part of my mandatory service. I served as a boot camp instructor for two years which was an interesting and unusual experience. After that, I moved to the US in 2003 to pursue a music career in Vocal Jazz. My plans, however, were soon to change. Today I live in Buffalo, NY with my husband Dave who is a wonderful musician and teacher.

il_430xN_72340106When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I opened my design studio in 2007 after a few years of working as an assistant jewelry designer for an acclaimed Buffalo artist. What’s funny is that I always thought music would be my primary occupation and jewelry design would be my hobby. But, very quickly after I started working with Karol Kirberger, I realized that my heart and passions were in artisan jewelry. Today, I still sing from time to time when I have a free moment, but I love what I do. I can’t picture myself doing anything else.

What do you make? I make artisan gemstone jewelry and my work is “one of a kind”. I use sterling silver and/or 14K gold filled with all of my designs. The details are very important to me, which is something that people always notice. I make many different types of jewelry from rings and necklaces to hair and body jewelry, which is usually custom designed.

What materials and methods do you use? My materials are always gemstones and pearls which I buy annually at the Tucson Gemshow – the biggest gem show in the country. My methods include beading, wire wrapping, soldering, riveting, forging, sawing and other jewelry making techniques. I really enjoy working on small details that tend to be very time consuming and intricate.

ringWhere do your design inspirations come from? It’s funny, but many times I dream my designs. My subconscious picks up on different visuals and they come back to me in my sleep in the form of jewelry. Other than that, I always have music playing when I’m working, which is a great inspiration for me. I also love nature and organic shapes and forms and use them often in my designs. Every now and then I also find inspiration in industrial structures of different kinds. Strong contemporary jewelry is really fun to make when I’m under that influence.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My work environment is in my home. I have a beautiful workshop in my sunroom looking towards my back yard with birds and tree branches looking back at me. I love my studio and it is my special corner where I can relax and create.

TurquoisetearsWhere can your products be seen? My work can be found online at my new Etsy shop.    Etsy is a wonderful platform for artisans and crafters and I love to shop there myself. You can also find my work in shops and boutiques in Buffalo such as the famous and featured artisan shop Wild Things and the Burchfield-Penney Art Gallery. I also take part in many art and craft shows across New York.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: The Tree of Life is one of my all-time favorites. The one in this photo is made with tourmaline and sterling silver. Like most people, I love trees. They give us fruits and their leaves give us oxygen and so without them, there would be no life. This design always touches people and it is one that I have also made for myself and wear all the time.

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Tree of Life

Anything else you wish to add? Making jewelry has become my world and it is my full time passion. There are many things about what I do that I love. One of them is the joy of meeting the strong and beautiful women from around the world who have bought my pieces. I feel privileged to make jewelry that helps them express who they are.

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Bonnie Van Hall

Name: Bonnie Van Hall

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Website Link: http://www.bonnievanhall.com/

Where are you located? Prescott, AZ

Tell us a bit about yourself: Unique clothing and jewelry have always held an attraction for me. From designing my own tops out of scarves as a teenager, to a fascination with the weaving of cloth from a single thread, my love for this practical and personal form of expression has continued to grow. My educational background is in spiritual psychology, and I see parallels between the forms and layers of the mind and the physical wearing of clothing. I hope my work expresses the idea that we can find meaning in everything we do, no matter how seemingly mundane or ordinary.

glasswear1047002When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I began doing beadwork in 1987 because I wanted to wear a certain kind of jewelry, but couldn’t find anything I liked. I taught myself to bead and gradually I found myself interested in creating larger wearable and decorative pieces. In the twenty-two years since then, I’ve found that my purpose in creating these pieces has evolved along with my skills. I’m interested in further refining my skills and methods, and finding new and more creative applications for my work. But perhaps more importantly, I’d like to generate some new interest in the old-fashioned traditional “women’s arts.”

What do you make? Most of my work is wearable, usually women’s clothing, jewelry, and handbags. Beadwork is the main focus of most of my pieces, if not the entirety. I have also experimented a bit with decorative works such as tapestries.

What materials and methods do you use? My materials range from glass beads, silver, gold and semi-precious gemstones to various fibers and antique or found objects. My methods are standard beadworking techniques (including both loom and off-loom weaving), and knitting. But I try to apply and combine these standard techniques in unique and creative ways.

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Where do your design inspirations come from? Many things inspire my work, most notably nature, color, and interesting forms, but often more elusive things like ideas, numbers, and even questions. The mysteries of being alive, and inquiries into the nature and meaning of life are often the seeds that grow into a new work.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My “studio” is wherever I can find the space. Currently, my husband (bronze sculptor Gary Persello) and I share a tiny room in our house for studio space.

Where can your products be seen? My website has the most up-to-date works available for viewing.

libertyPrice range: My prices range from $75 items all the way up to $5000 for a one-of-a-kind beaded top.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: One of my favorite pieces is the very first beaded top I created, called “Desert Demonstration.” This piece actually began as a necklace/choker, but it took on a life of its own and evolved into a top made entirely of beads and gemstones. This was the beginning of a whole new direction for my work, and it really taught me to trust the creative process.

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Desert Demonstration

Anything else you wish to add? For me, one of the most exciting aspects of creativity is in not knowing where it will take me next. The most recent turning point in my work has led to the combining of knitting with beadwork, and I am enjoying the new possibilities this has led to. But I fully expect this will become something else entirely, and I welcome this unknown twist of fate!

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Black Crow – Trudy Gerritsen

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Name: (Black Crow) Trudy Gerritsen

Website Link: http://www.blackcrowjewelry.nl/

Where are you located? I’m located in a small town in The Netherlands.

IMG%20001aa_mTell us a bit about yourself: I grew up as an only child with beloved parents. My mom was creative too and she could make wonderful things with knitting. I was a creative child with a special love for collecting beads and feathers, pieces of wood and stones. Ever since I can remember I was  very interested in Native culture and their respect for nature and all living things! Many years later, I started to make dreamcatchers with gemstones, and that was (again)  the restart of my love for beads!

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I started with making dreamcatchers when I had my own small bead shop on the world wide web. In the beginning, there were only glass crow beads and gemstone chips that I used for my dreamcatchers. That was in 2004. A few years later, the bead collection became bigger and I started to sell other gemstone beads and that was also the start for making jewelry myself. The addiction to seed beads was much later and I created the first cuff in April 2007 after I saw the art of Heidi Kummli.  Designing and making jewelry started as a hobby, but slowly it became my work and I love it !

What do you make? My favorite piece of work is to design and create a beadwork bracelet, especially turquoise and bridal cuffs, but I also make rings, necklaces, earrings and jewelry with gemstones and natural beads. I guess bracelets are my favorite because I wear them myself too, I never wear necklaces.

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What materials and methods do you use?  I love to work with gemstones and all other natural materials, for the cuffs I always use leather as a backing. The seedbeads I use are size 15-11 and 8. The methods I use are beadwork (embroidery) and beadweaving. At the moment, I am busy trying some new stuff like lace or wool in combination with gemstone cabochons.

Where do your design inspirations come from? My inspiration is in everything I see – nature, a picture or painting, people…just everything.

IMG%20011a[4]_mWhat is your best working environment/where is your studio? I work the best when I am alone at home, just with our 2 cats, a strong cup of coffee and a CD by Metallica in the CD player.  I don’t have space for a separate studio, I always work in our living room, but it is still a dream to have my own studio one day…

IMG%20006grtur[2]_mWhere can your products be seen?  My products can be seen on: http://www.blackcrowjewelry.nl/

Upcoming events:  I don’t do shows, but a few times a year I’m on a local art market in the neighborhood. 

Magazine articles or press: An article in a local newspaper and in a women’s magazine and my work can be seen in the book “Flatwork” written by Nicole Campanella/Beadwright.

Who are you a fan of? Sherri Serafini, Heidi Kummli, Jamie Cloud Eaking, Good Quill Hunting, Kerri Fuhr, Vampi Choi.

Price range:  $20.00 – $400.00

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: It’s hard to choose a favorite one, I love many of my cuffs, especially the turquoise ones…but this one is my favorite!Just simple earthtones in combination with lovely turquoise cabochons, they don’t need more.

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Anything else you wish to add?  Thank you so much for choosing my designs for your interview, it is a great honor and I am delighted  to be on your beautiful website among such other great artists!

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Karen Sugarman

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Name:  Karen Sugarman

Website Link:  www.karensugarmandesigns.com

Where are you located?  Scottsdale, Arizona

Tell us a bit about yourself:   I grew up in Louisiana as an only child (although I do have a wonderful older step-sister) with parents that made certain I had plenty of artistic experiences.  I graduated from Northeast Louisiana University with a degree in Education and taught high school for four years early in my career.  I eventually transitioned into interior design and eventually owned my own retail design store in addition to my design firm for over 20 years in Boston. 

16221_aWhen and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I began designing jewelry in 2005 when my family was transferred from Boston to Arizona.  Having been uprooted from such a long-term career as a designer and leaving behind a fabulous office on Boston’s posh Newbury Street in addition to a busy schedule with high profile clients, I began tinkering with jewelry in an attempt to occupy my sudden abundance of free time in this new city.  I was inspired by a necklace I had brought back from Paris a few years prior and attempted to modify and improve upon a very simple style.  Although that necklace was lovely, I always felt it needed to be more bountiful and creative.  My first prototype was a floral inspiration and the lush bouquet format confirmed my idea resulting in a completely new design.  If interior design was my first love, beautiful jewelry was my second!

What do you make?  Although I make several different styles of jewelry, my hallmark design is the lush format statement necklaces that were inspired by the Parisian necklace.  I like to think of it as handcrafted couture jewelry with a twist.

What materials and methods do you use?  Most of the designs I prefer to work with utilize a wire twist and/or wire wrap method.  I do seem to have a fascination with time consuming and complex designs and much prefer a long-term project over the simple bead stringing techniques.  I utilize a cacophony of semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls and most often work with either sterling silver or 24K gold vermeil due to metal allergies.  I do hope to try my hand at working with high karat gold sometime in the near future.

11817_aWhere do your design inspirations come from? Like all designers (interior, fashion & jewelry), I am inspired by everything!  A garden of delicate flowers, beautiful artwork, a fabulous pair of shoes or stunning interior design can become a point of inspiration.  I believe that my experiences as an interior designer have greatly influenced my style as a jewelry designer and, as a matter of fact, I have devoted an entire blog to that idea.  Additionally, my southern roots have clearly had a great influence on my “feminine” style both as an interior designer and as a jewelry designer – something I am completely oblivious to!

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? Believe it or not, since all of this started out as a little folly, I still work at my kitchen table.  I must admit that it frequently spills over into the counter space of my very generous kitchen.  I’m certain that my Hubby is secretly worried he is going to have “gemstone soup” some evening for a first course at dinner!  Since a kitchen renovation is in the works and will begin shortly, I have plans to restructure my office into a studio with long expanses of counter surfaces to allow me the luxury of keeping several projects out simultaneously.  Necessity is the mother of invention!   

Where can your products be seen?  In addition to my web site  ,     my blog,    and 1000Markets,   my jewelry is also in an elegant store in Phoenix called – Do Me A Favor  which specializes in the most magnificent custom gift wraps you have ever seen!

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Magazine articles or press: WGSN, Recessionista Americana, April 2009; AZ Society, April 2009; Desert Living, April 2009

Who are you a fan of? I admire antique and estate jewelry for the quality of workmanship and fine details and Chanel and Van Cleef & Arpels for their feminine genre.

Price range: $65 to $1,500

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: I have been transfixed by sea shells since I was a child and this amazement continues as an adult.  One of my favorite designs was this “Shell of an Idea” necklace which not only fed my fascination with seashells, but also included an exquisite antique angel skin coral cameo brooch.  It was purchased by a young man in Boston for his girlfriend after she admired the necklace – a very lucky gal!

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Shell of an Idea

Anything else you wish to add? I am just delighted and honored to have been invited to do this interview for World Artisan Gems.  To think that I have been included in such a prestigious group of artisans is more than I could ever have hoped for.

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