Impressions of the Sea Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2014 featuring Swarovski Crystal Finalist
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? Los Angeles, California
What inspires you as a designer-artist? Rolling waves, animal patterns (peacocks for example), and abstract sculptures.
I'm drawn to nature because I enjoy movement and it influences my soul. Abstract sculptures speak to me because they are edgy and out of the box. I also love their three dimensional forms because they present a lack of balance and perfection, giving room for non-traditional forms.
What medium do you work with mostly? I mostly work with natural stones, Swarovski crystals, dichroic glass, and copper, brass, or sterling silver wire. When I wire wrap and incorporate all of these materials, I feel a growing excitement as creative possibilities take shape and flow through my hands.
Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making? With wire, I am able to create a literal or figurative jewelry piece. Being able to shape the wire to a desired form that I'm envisioning, and creating a dimensional space that's layered and full of depth intrigues me. I have always loved using my hands and wire allows me to feel and experience various textures.
Where and How do you sell your jewelry? Concinnity Jewelry at Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ConcinnityJewelry
What inspired this design? Since childhood, I've been fascinated with the sea and its inhabitants. My mom and I would visit the Aquarium of the Pacific many times a year. I would stare at all of the wondrous wildlife and their colorful surroundings. So I decided to create a piece representing the sea. I used blue and green Swarovski crystals to resemble the ocean's color. To imitate the waves, I curved the wire and layered the wire for depth. Because the white coral felt weightless in my hands, I used it to portray the lightness of the reefs swaying in the ocean.
How did it come together? I initially sketched a rough draft of the piece. There were some minor additions and changes as the work progressed, but overall I stayed true to the original design.