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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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Emily Gray

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Name:  Emily Gray

Website Linkhttp://www.emilygray.org/

Where are you located? Malvern, England

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I’m the eldest of four daughters, born to doctor and dentist parents. Born and bred in England with an Honors Degree from UEA, Norwich in the History of Art.  I have worked in engineering, investment banking (!), interior design and complementary therapy prior to coming to my senses and following my destiny to be an artist of one form or another.  I’m married to David, a musician, and I have an adorable two-year-old daughter Roseanna.

il_430xn_67895998When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?   I began ‘making’ jewelry in 2003 in a very small way.  I actually feel that at this point, my natural artistic instincts had been dormant for such a long time, it re-ignited my creativity and the whole thing snowballed from there!   Having been out of the creative flow for such a long time (forced into academia rather than being allowed to take-up a rare and extremely coveted ‘direct entry’ to Art School), I knew something was seriously lacking from my life.  Working in London was a thrill in many ways but the standard office lifestyle was so not me!   Very quickly after discovering pliers, silver wire and gemstones (I know you ALL know what I mean here!), I became completely obsessed with making jewelry.  The Complementary Therapy Practice that I had set-up funded my new passion and I quickly became more and more creative and began selling my work!  Five and a half years on and I’m just as obsessed as I was back then.  The difference now is that my life is just how I want it.  I have a wonderful husband, a gorgeous daughter and I really feel I am living the life I was born to live, rather than the one that society was trying to push me into for so long.

What do you make? I call my style of jewelry ‘Fusion’ Jewelry.  It is a synergistic mix of intricate wirework techniques with the finest gemstones. 

 

 

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What materials and methods do you use?  I love to work with silver and gold metals and often oxidize the silver as I love the dramatic effect this creates.  I have a *ridiculously* large stash of gemstones which I’m sure if I began this very second and never stopped, I could never hope to use up!  Wire-wrapping is my favorite style to use in my pieces, but I am always trying new techniques.

12-11_600x600Where do your design inspirations come from? I have images flying around my head all the time.  Sometime these are inspired by something I have seen, such as a view, a flower, a piece of textiles – other times it could come from music or a smell or a poem. My art background is in world textiles and I am always reading books on the subject.  My long-term passion is the Indian Sari which is a constant source of joy.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  I have a home studio here in Malvern.  Malvern is a beautiful town in the West of England, full of culture, and is a designated ‘area of outstanding natural beauty.’ However, I can work anywhere and some of my very best work has been done sitting on my rug on the sitting-room floor!  David and I are looking for a bigger house and, when we move, I am hoping to have a garden studio.  I can’t imagine anything more lovely than having my workspace open out onto a lush green lawn with gravel pathways and beautiful peonies and magnolias all around!

Where can your products be seen?    On Etsy   and Trunkt 

Who are you a fan of?  The one person who has constantly made me gasp in awe is Magdalena Borejko, but I must also name Holly of Bijoux d’Odalisque, Ivy of Edera Jewelry, Jennifer of JLeeOhio and Hee Soon of Sky Dreams as my favorites as I love virtually everything they create.

Price range:  $65 to $2000

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: My favorite recent piece is the ‘Giverny Cuff Bracelet.’ It was one of those pieces that I created ‘in the zone’ and it went swimmingly from start to finish  (sketch to photographs).  I was thrilled with the finished piece and even happier that it sold within one day to one of my favorite customers!

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Giverny cuff bracelet

Anything else you wish to add:  I am so honored and happy to have been invited to do this interview.  WorldArtisanGems is a wonderful place for Jewelry Artists of the globe to gather together in mutual admiration and get an insight into the things that motivate, inspire and excite us.  Thank you!

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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.

Harley Chic

Harley Chic

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.

Delicate

Delicate

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.

Blossoms

Blossoms

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.

da bull

da bull

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.

material girl

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.

slenderest swirl ring

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 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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oak bud toggle

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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Sue Lawrence-Nester Elements Jewelry

Name: Sue Lawrence-Nester

Website Link: www.elementsjewelry.etsy.com

Where are you located? Galax, Virginia

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I have always been referred to as an “artsy-crafty” person. I am the kind of person who sees something and says I can make that and I do. When a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis knocked the wind out of my sails I turned to wire-working and beading as a way to regain control over my life. I use the creative process as a means of pain suppression. This gives a whole new meaning to the term “workaholic.”  When I am designing and fabricating my jewelry I become so focused that I really don’t feel the pain of the arthritis.

When did you start designing jewelry/art? Since 2004 I have been creating art jewelry which I sell online and at local festivals.

What do you make? I tend to make one of kind pieces of jewelry. I also make limited edition series like my PMC Kanji Heart Pins. However, I have friends and associates who want me to branch out into 2 or 3 production lines.

 

What materials and methods do you use? I fabricate pieces in copper, sterling, and precious metal clay. I create pieces using wire-working and wire-wrapping techniques. One of my favorite materials to use in wirework is a handcrafted lampwork bead(s). I love to take a set of beads and showcase them in my particular style. The two newest areas that I am venturing into are enameling on PMC and chain making. PMC is the perfect medium for enameling. Enameling compliments the designs that I create. As for chain making, I am trying to develop a signature chain for my pendants and necklaces. It is a work in process.

Where do your design inspirations come from? That is a difficult question to answer. The inspiration comes from the beads I use as well as the semi-precious gemstones that I use. I tend to let the beads or stones speak for themselves. I rarely go to make a piece with a specific outcome in mind. Yes, there are a few exceptions like my Galax leaves which I purposely set out to create, however for the most part the design just flows out according to project.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  I physically work in my “basement studio” and it is not a place that I would actually ask anyone to come in and see as I am a very chaotic organizer. My working environment is typically anywhere I happen to be at any given time. I am always thinking, jotting down, sometimes sketching, everywhere I go. It is unusual for me not to have some project or parts of a project in my satchel that I can pull out and work on while waiting during appointments.

Where can your products be seen? You can find me on Etsy and my blog.

Upcoming events: I can’t believe that it is almost September with Christmas looming in the distance.
September 13 & 14, 2008 Galax, Virginia:  Matthews Farm Quilt Show
September 20 & 21, 2008 Pearisburg, Virginia: Bicentennial Celebration Quilt Show
October 25 & 25, 2008 Winston-Salem, NC:  Sawtooth School for Visual Art: Have your way with wire workshop
November 28 & 29 2008 Hillsville, Virginia: VFW Christmas Bazaar
December 3-7, 2008 Winston-Salem, NC:  Sawtooth School for Visual Art: Deck the Halls.
January/February 2009 Kitty Hawk, NC: Trunk show details to be announced.

 

Magazine articles or press:  Not yet, but I am working on a press release announcing that I have been certified through the Rio Rewards Program as a Level 1 PMC Instructor.

 

Who are you a fan of? Tim McCrieght, Jinks McGrath, Joanna Gollberg, Marcia Macdonald, CeCe Wire, Chris Darway, Celie Fago.

Price range: $20-$500

 

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations (seen below): Out of the clear blue, my best friend from Pearisburg, Virginia, Debbi Williams Evans called me in July 2008. She asked me to create a piece of jewelry for the silent auction during the Giles County High School class of 1973 reunion. The money raised by the auction was going towards the purchase of a memorial bench. So that is where the idea for this piece originated.
I thought long and hard about what would be a good “subject” for a reunion oriented piece. Then it hit that Angel’s Rest, the mountain that overlooks Pearisburg is also the backdrop for graduation every year. So, I chose Angel’s Rest because not only has it born witness to the common history of the class of ’73 but it witnessed the histories of the families and community that came before and after.

Angel's Rest

Anything else you wish to add? On August 24, 2008 I was certified through the Rio Rewards program as a Level 1 PMC instructor. I hope to start teaching classes through the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts located in my home town of Galax, Virginia.

Thank you for your interview and much congratulations on your Rio Rewards instructor certification.

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Ben Orron – Organic Mechanics

Name: Ben Orron

Website Link: www.organic-mechanics.com

Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m 23 years old and just moved to Longmont, CO.  I went to the University of Vermont, where I studied Environmental Science, Plant and Soil Science, and Community Development in addition to studio art. 

When did you start designing jewelry/art?  I started designing jewelry in December 2005.

What do you make?  I make wire-wrapped pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets, and other more unusual pieces of jewelry such as a recently made, collaborative four-finger ring.  I also plan on incorporating more traditional/soldering techniques into my work in the coming months.

What materials and methods do you use?  I use sterling, fine, and Argentium silver wire and 18k yellow, green and rose gold wire from 30-14 gauge.  My stones are all untreated, precious and semi-precious crystals and cut gemstones.  The vast majority of my work is done by wire wrapping with no use of heat or solder.  For tools, I occasionally use a vice, but mostly work with my hands or a pair of pliers.

Where do your design inspirations come from?  A lot of my inspiration comes from my materials themselves, that is, the stones and wire.  I try to design my pieces to best display the crystals in the piece, so my designs are a reflection of my interpretation of the stones’ colors, shapes, textures, and energies.  I enjoy melding the rigidity of the crystals paired with the fluidity of the wire to create a flowing, yet precise finished piece.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  I actually do a lot of work on the road, or on the couch in my living room, but I am very excited about putting together my first real studio space in the next few weeks at my new house in the garage that will be equipped for silver and goldsmithing.  I like to be in a calm, focused environment with little distraction, and good music is always needed.

Where can your products be seen?  www.organic-mechanics.com

I also show my work at many arts and music festivals such as Rothbury, Allgood, Camp Bisco, and others.

Upcoming events:  My next events are Sound Tribe Sector 9 at Red Rocks, CO on September 8-9, the Rocky Mountain Crystallization Festival in Denver on September 12-13, and the Tuscon Gem and Jam in January.

Who are you a fan of?  I am a big fan of sculpture Anish Kapoor, painters Alex Gray, Rhett Johnson, Kris D, and the jewelry of Ser, Tyler Kahn, John Ebert, and many others.

Price range: $40-$2500

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:

One of my favorite pieces is my first collaborative piece of art.  John Ebert and myself made a four-finger ring this August that is truly unlike anything else I’ve and is something I’d wanted to create for a long time.  This piece has fourteen different crystals and faceted gems and is wrapped in sterling, fine, and Argentium silver.  There are around 100 hours of work in the piece and it is just the first of a series of future collaborative efforts between John and I.

bumby knuckles

bumpy knuckles

Very beautiful and unique ways to enjoy the beauty of gemstones. Thank you for this interview.

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Bev Gallerani – Mango Tango Designs

Name: Bev Gallerani, Mango Tango Designs

Website Links:http://MangoTangoDesigns.com

http://MangoTango.etsy.com

Geranium V necklace

Geranium V necklace

Where are you located?

Summer months: Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Winter months: Naples, Florida

Tell us a bit about yourself: I feel I exist to create. I am a full-time jewelry designer specializing in original art jewelry constructed of fine silver, bronze, sterling, fused dichroic glass and copper. My designs are influenced by nature in general and the sea specifically. Seashells, beaches, oceans, and mermaids — and the colors that represent them — are frequent themes in my work, as are the bright colors and rhythms of the Caribbean.

Oak Branch

Oak Branch

Prior to discovering the joys of jewelry creation, I was a professional miniaturist, creating 1/12th and 1/24th scale plants and flowers for dollhouses and miniature scenes. I am a Fellow member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, the highest level of juried achievement in the world of fine scale miniatures. I am also a Certified PMC Artisan.

When did you start creating your jewelry/art?  A chance visit to a dollhouse shop in the English Cotswolds many years ago turned out to be a collision with destiny for me. I was instantly and completely besotted with the tiny world I saw. I began creating 1/12th scale potted plants and flowers with increasingly precise detail and became known for the miniscule buds and teensy branches I delighted in adding to my pieces.Decades later, I discovered the joy of creating my own jewelry and a much larger, though no less detailed, world opened up for me, to my enormous delight! The most enjoyable part of making jewelry for me is including the same level of minute detail — everything from combining intricate textures to molding the tiniest of seashells — that I gave to my work in scale miniatures. Echoes of my intense love for botanicals, miracles from the sea and lots and lots of texture still exist in my work even though the medium has changed. Customers have been very pleasantly surprised by the weight of my pieces. They are never flimsy and I don’t skimp on silver content! If it doesn’t delight them, it won’t delight me, either. Scores of repeat customers have convinced me that I’m on the right track.

By the Sea

By the Sea

What exactly do you create? I specialize in themed art jewelry pieces made of precious metals and my own fused dichroic glass. I love making truly unique pieces that exude lots of personality and extreme detail. Necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, rings and anklets are all part of my portfolio, as well as handcrafted supplies for the use of other jewelry designers such as fine silver beads, bead caps and fused glass cabochons.

Koi necklace

Koi necklace

What materials and methods do you use? My jewelry pieces are primarily constructed with multiple layers of fine silver with accents of fused dichroic glass and findings of sterling silver. Pieces with text and three-dimensional renderings of leaves, seashells and mermaids are frequent themes. Where size allows, my pieces are signed and stamped on the reverse side. My work is either one-of-a-kind or extremely limited edition, although each is painstakingly created individually, by hand. I don’t cast my pieces; I individually sculpt them. My beads and other hollowware are created by layering many coats of fine silver paste over a burnout core and incinerating those cores in my jewelry kiln. I have recently begun adding solid bronze and copper to my portfolio as well.

Where do your design inspirations come from?From nature, from the sea, and from my own imagination. I have many more ideas swirling around in my head than lifetime left to implement them all!

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have two studios in two similar yet disparate environments. Since my husband and I divide our time between Cape Cod and Southwest Florida, I have a setup in each location. The common factor that unifies them is that both overlook the sea from which the bulk of my inspiration is drawn. This also gives me something distant to focus my eyes upon when they’re tired.

Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

My Cape Cod studio is large, open, bright and very conducive to encouraging my creativity with a large bay window facing the water and a walk-in closet that I use to store my tools and supplies. It’s also flanked by woods and a perennial garden filled with beautiful flowers – including lots and lots of hydrangeas – during the summer months. My Florida studio, on the other hand, is very small but it has a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico. On the Cape, I can watch the sun rising each morning. In Florida, I can watch the sun setting each evening. There isn’t much that can top that in terms of inspiration!

Where can your products be seen? Currently, my jewelry pieces may only be purchased online. I have two online shops:

http://MangoTangoDesigns.com which is a secure, encrypted ZenCart site; and http://MangoTango.etsy.com – my own shop within a wonderful cooperative website that showcases the handcrafted work of independent artisans. I also have an artist portfolio of my work on TalentDatabase.com and a Flickr photostream. A portfolio of my sold items appears in both the latter locations as well as at MangoTangoDesigns.com. Acknowledgements from other artists can be seen here: http://thedb.com/MangoTango

Upcoming events: None planned at this time – I have been so busy designing and creating, it has left little time for me to do much else right now! I do hope to begin exhibiting my work at juried shows in the near future.

Magazine articles or press: I have been featured in articles on various blogs including Art Bead Scene and have been selected as a featured artist on TalentDatabase.

Gazing Ball necklace

Gazing Ball necklace

Who are you a fan of? Any independent, successful woman who has carved out a niche for herself in any discipline through hard work and determination.

Price range: $10-300.00

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: I love pieces that contain messages of inspiration and feature three-dimensional renderings of seashells and mermaids combined with fused glass. Glass imparts so much depth, color and personality to jewelry.

Anything else you wish to add? My favorite quote is still this from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: “Art in the blood is liable to manifest itself in the strangest forms.”

The Maya Necklace

The Maya Necklace

Beautiful and artistic ~ thank you for inviting us to find out more about your work. Gazing Ball is an absolute favorite!

 

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Inpeloto – Melissa Michaels


Name: Inpeloto – Melissa Michaels

Website: http://www.melissamichaels.net

Tell us a bit about yourself: Model turned designer: It is my love of poetry, music, fashion and humanity which inspired me to take my newly created acronym: Inpeloto which stands for INfinite, PEace, LOve, TOgetherness and developed a company. Inpeloto LLC comprises of volumes of my poetry, jewelry line called Inpeloto Bella: Jewelry with a Conscience™ that integrates my love of poetry into my designs. Inpeloto Bella was born out of poetry, social consciousness and activism.

If we truly embraced this mantra we would have solutions to problems and an evolutionary life. It is also a new word that speaks powerful volumes.

10% of the sales proceeds benefits: BookPALs (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) and Conservation International.

Inpeloto Bella is a founding member of a non-profit called Designers 4 Africa. It is a group of designers, businesses, authors and members of the media that wants to do more in the fight to end global poverty by giving their products for auctions, donating 100% of the proceeds to various villages in Africa and ensuring clean water in those communities. Doing what matters and making a difference is the essence of Inpeloto. Inpeloto’s mission: To be world relevant through social transformation by implementing infinite peace, love and togetherness for daily existence of conscious action. Love is a verb.

When did you start designing jewelry/art? 2006

What do you make? Necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets. Sterling silver jewelry that incorporates symbolism of infinity, peace, love and togetherness/unity.

What materials and methods do you use? I carve wax to make my molds for the sterling silver jewelry. I also bead and use ribbons to finish off the pieces which adds an extra feminine touch

InPeLoTo necklace

InPeLoTo necklace

Where do your design inspirations come from? Great question. Art and humanity.

Where can your products be seen?www.myspace.com/melissamichaels

Upcoming events:Eco-Chic Appel and Frank

Past: Earth Day

Last week: Sassy City Chicks

See: http://www.melissamichaels.net/events.htm

Who are you a fan of?David Yurman and of course: Art, fashion and humanity.

Price range: $25.00 – $150.00

Tell me a little about one of your favorite creations: Inpeloto Uni-sex ring.Love it. I wear it with everything. It says it all for all of us. It’s a balancing act for the sexes and very symbolic. It has all the components that make up Inpeloto.

Inpeloto Bella unisex ring

Anything else you wish to add? Inpeloto Bella is hand crafted, original, bold, fashionable and affordable.

Melissa Michaels has also created a clothing to raise social consciousness. Thanks Melissa for your hard work ~You are an inspiration!

Inpeloto tank

Inpeloto tank

 

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