Jewelry Artists - 3
Valerie Sobel is an artist of many trades. She shares her time between mixed media painting and textile art. She finds inspiration in nature, world culture and historical fashion, to create objects that people can enjoy and use in their daily life. The designer works with natural materials such as wool, silk, linen and cotton. Her concern for the environment also led her to explore the use of discarded pieces of fabric and second hand clothes which she deconstructs, and fashions into new elements. She often combines a variety of felting techniques as well as sewing, embroidery and beading.
I like my work to tell you that it was made by hand - the shaping, texturing, and glazing - and as you can see, not even two parts to a pair are exactly alike. The basic material is clay plus ideas suggested by nature.
Woodwork has been a part of my life for many years. Over the past several years, I have been designing jewelry boxes, creating hardwood earrings, making animal jigsaw puzzles for children and using lovely walnut for creating decorative trivets. I use exotic hardwoods because of their unusual colors, patterns and textures. Finding new woods with beautiful hues and intrinsic figured patterns in them is a big part of the excitement, creativity and fun of making useful and aesthetically pleasing hardwood artwork.
My goal in designing and fabricating jewelry is to achieve a line and flow reflecting forms that occur in nature. The materials themselves create their own flow. I feel like I am listening to the metal or stone. I play with them until the form tells me to stop. My jewelry is a expression of my spirit, to be in harmony with the natural world.
Irene Storch began studying fine arts after moving to the Bay Area from Germany in 1981. Eventually her interests expanded into jewelry-making. Equally inspired by the designs and materials of modern technology as those of nature and ancient crafts (like wearing wire-wrapping) her jewelry symbolizes the interaction between the two.
Except for a few forays to the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest, Aisling Svennungsen grew up in New England. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012, she was a resident artist at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon, and then established herself as an independent jeweler in Northern California. She launched Moss Follows, a collection of crocheted jewelry inspired by explorations of landscapes, seascapes, forests, and Earth’s seasonal transitions. Her wearable art pieces invoke a sense of wonder and enchantment.
Hearkening back to the days of yore, Carolyn’s jewelry taps into a primal and internal sense of history. Either in the repurposing of vintage Edwardian jewelry (most notably items created with Guilloche enamel) or into the Jungian archetypes of Alchemical symbols or commonplace utensils, there is a sense of mystery in relation to tradition, ritual, and a personal mythology. The symbolic storytelling within each piece of jewelry bridges a primal need for body adornment with a secret Gnosis encased in each piece that is worn.
Karen Trown Jewelry is designed to be modern and edgy, yet also delicate. Industrial shapes, patterns and textures, as well as those that occur in nature, are the predominant inspiration for my work. I follow a very organic design process. Most of my designs are a result of experimentation with materials, shapes and fabrication techniques, which I use to create forms that appeal to me both visually and texturally. I’m committed to sustainable practices and use recycled and natural materials whenever possible. I design and handcraft all of my jewelry in my studio located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Artist Website
I have a BFA in Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, MO where I studied design under the late Howard Jones.My background and style were born out of the Bauhaus tradition. I work in sterling, gold and gold fill with a love of simplicity and form. I use traditional fabricating techniques, allowing the materials to express themselves as limited editions or one of a kind pieces.
Sarah Williams was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Having grown up in an artistic household and community she was encouraged to explore many avenues of art. Sarah attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. After graduating college, she spent several years traveling and painting around the world. Through her travels she cultivated inspiration for her design aesthetic within her medias of painting and jewelry design.
Iris Willow makes handmade enamel jewelry in her studio in San Francisco. Her colorful jewelry adds a splash of color to any outfit. Her pieces begin as copper that she kiln-fires at 1500° to fuse with vibrant powdered glass enamel. She sometimes integrates screen-printed designs into her jewelry or uses fine silver rivets to combine two pieces together allowing for movement between the pieces. Her jewelry is finished with sterling silver ear wires and chains.
_San Francisco-based Eko Wright’s passion for jewelry making comes from the way a torch and tools can transform a sheet of metal into wearable art. Her minimalistic forms created with sterling silver are influenced by the Japanese concept of the elegant, tranquil and imperfect simplicity of nature. She appreciates both tradition and cutting-edge fashion, and sterling silver is the perfect medium for translating these aesthetics into jewelry. Her work honors nature, the material and the wearer, and she seeks to engender serenity in all her pieces.