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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

Flow Ring

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Saša Magdić -Sasha

Name: Saša Magdić (Sasa Magdic)-Sasha

Website Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sashasjewelry  http://littlelyra.deviantart.com/

Where are you located? Dugo Selo, small town near Zagreb, capital of Croatia

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m 31, married with a love of my life and we have a beautiful 4 year old daughter. We live in a country which I love because most of my life I’ve lived in the city  just waiting for the opportunity to  escape into the nature. I work in insurance agency as an insurance consultant which is very boring position and work. So as I am a very creative person I needed to express myself in some way, and I found myself totally in making and designing jewelry. I have finished a course for jewelry designer and I got my diploma for it. I learned really good stuff there and I just need to save some money to buy all that I need for making a real silver and gold jewelry. The relevant thing is already here in my head (techniques and small catches about jewelry). Need to just earn some money and my dream will come true.

Archaic TurquoiseWhen and why did you begin designing jewelry/art? One year ago I started with wire work and I totally fell in love with it. This is really something that calms me down, something that I enjoy to do…

What do you make? I make earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, brooches even a picture frames with wire, almost everything, you name it….only sky is the limit..

What materials and methods do you use? The technique I use for making my jewelry is wire wrapping. I love semi precious stones so I use them in my jewelry pieces. Of course, without stainless steel wire there wouldn’t be any of my jewelry. I must say that most of my jewelry is oxidized, I love that oldish (ancient)  style, can’t help it. I’m very happy that I can announce that I’m in transition. I’m just about to put my stainless steel wire to a rest an start a new era with 925 and 999 silver wire and later even gold….and all the allergic people say…..Go baby go baby ..GO  Go . .(ha ha kidding, but not… really).

Where do your design inspirations come from? Oh my, tough question. Well, I really don’t know ..It’s just something that is constantly in me, and pops out from time to time. And when it pops out I can do anything …almost anything. I think that the inspiration is in me, in my joy, in my sorrow, in my laughter ,in my cry ,in the felling I get when my little girl kisses me and in the way my love looks at me….for me that is the real inspiration.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is at my home and I really cannot imagine  better working environment for me. Really, I live there, I’m happy there, sometimes (rarely) sad and, like I said, I find my inspiration in me and in my life. It’s obviously why that is a perfect creative and inspiring place for me.

The Exclusive Necklace

The Exclusive Necklace

Where can your products be seen?

Flickr  and Deviant Art

Who are you a fan of? I’m totally a fan of jewelry maker/artist, Magdalena Borejko. I just adore her work, she’s really amazing .

Price range: $30- $200

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: Well, “My Blossom” necklace (shown below)  is one of my favorites. It took me three days to finish. Inspiration for this necklace just popped out in my head while I was looking at the TV and drinking my favorite Nesscafe. And that was it, instantly I had to get up and start wrapping and putting the semi-precious stones on the chain. Three days later there it was…The real beauty, made with stainless steel wire, opalite, fluorite, silver beads and some Czech glass teardrop beads. All made by my two hands. This necklace has been chosen as a DD (means Daily Deviant-work of the day) on a DeviantArt community web page. That was a real compliment for me, and I was honored that those great artistic people have chosen me and my work to be featured as a DD. Thanks to them once again 🙂

 

My Blossom

My Blossom

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Antonija Gospic

Amber Lady

Amber Lady

Name:  Antonija Gospic

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

Where are you from? Zadar, Croatia

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

Azure bonds

Azure bonds

When and why did you begin designing jewelry/art?

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Upcoming events: Christmas 2008 (local fair) 

Telperion and Laurelin

Telperion and Laurelin

Magazine articles or press:

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

Peachy

Peachy

 

Who are you a fan of?

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

Price range: From $5 to $200

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

Moonlight Flower

Moonlight Flower

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