Minneapolis, October 13, 2014—Add some sparkle to your wardrobe and find the perfect baubles to adorn your friends and loved ones this holiday season. More than 25 jewelry artists from around the world will showcase their original works in a rich assortment of materials at this year’s Jewelry Artist Mart on Saturday, November 1, 11 am–5 pm in the Skyline Room.
Featured jewelry artists include: Debbie Carlos, Sarah Chapman, Yen Chee, Félixe Carole Dicaire, Sarah Fox, Carrie Hoffnagle, Grace Hogan, Betty Jäger, Annika Kaplan, Britta Kauppila, Tia Keobounpheng, Moira K. Lime, Lindsay Locatelli, Laura Lombardi, Sarah Loertscher, Nick Lundeen, Sheila Moar, Beth Novak, Susan Panciera, Tina Rice, Inna Royzenfeld, Danny Saathoff, Erin Smith, Amy Torello, Helen Wang, Rebecca Wicklund, and Kristin Wornson.
Walker members receive a 10% discount on all purchases. All proceeds support the Walker’s artistic and educational programs.
Jewelry Artist Mart
Saturday, November 1, 11 am–5 pm
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Saturday, November 1, 10-11 am
Members see it first! Enjoy refreshments and the first pick of fabulous pieces at the Jewelry Artist Mart. Join more than 25 international jewelry artists in the Walker’s beautiful Skyline Room as they show their original pieces in a rich variety of materials and styles. Bring a friend and enjoy this signature Walker Shop event, just in time to kick off the gift-buying season!
Register online, by e-mail to email@example.com, or 612.375.7655.
All proceeds support the Walker’s artistic and educational programs.
Debbie Carlos, Lansing, MI
Materials: brass, gold, stones and beads
Carlos was born in LA, grew up in Manila, Philippines, then moved to Massachusetts where she studied psychology, then onto Chicago, IL to study photography and now she splits her time between Chicago and Lansing, MI. During all of her travels she has always had a love for the arts.
Yen Chee, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, quartz crystal, onyx and tourmalinated quartz
Yen-Ying Chee has always been drawn to creating clean, unique, modern jewelry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University, as well as a bachelor of science in interior design from the University of Minnesota. Prior to working as a full-time jewelry designer and mom, she worked as a commercial interior designer at architecture firms for over a decade. These experiences greatly influenced the “miniature sculptures” she creates. Besides being inspired by her travels, furniture, and architecture, her designs often come from a deeper spiritual place within. She is especially drawn to working with clear quartz crystals due to their natural beauty and healing properties. Clear quartz known as “universal crystals” are completely natural and from the earth, believed for centuries to attract positive energy that enhances the mind, body, and spirit.
Sarah Chapman, Chicago, IL
Materials: sterling silver, copper, brass, gold, found objects and semi-precious stones
Chapman works with sterling silver, copper, brass, and sometimes gold to create her jewelry, while patinas are used to give these metals richer tones. Found objects or semi-precious stones often reside in or become a part of her metal structures. Each unique piece is designed and fabricated by Sarah in her Chicago studio.
Félixe Carole Dicaire, Montreal, Quebec
Materials: steel wire and feathers
Formally trained in fashion design in Montreal, Dicaire discovered a passion for jewelry and accessories in 1999. Both her clientele and the fashion community immediately began to qualify her bold, sculptural pieces as “wearable art.” Her creations are inspired by the organic forms of the plant and insect world.
Dicaire sculpts with steel wires and feathers directly on the mannequin where she transforms them not only into unique jewelry pieces, but also sculptural body art. Taking each and every line into account, she highlights the perfect harmony between living and inanimate matter to create jewelry that is at once refined, ethereal, and alive with an unexpected touch of sensuality.
Sarah Fox, Chicago, IL
Materials: 14k gold fill, brass, gemstones and beads
Fox started creating jewelry (under the label Cursive Design) in 2006. The Chicago-based jewelry line is directly inspired by Sarah’s background in art where she received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in Sculpture, Color Theory and Lighting Design. The ever evolving collection strikes a balance between everyday wearable pieces that also create a statement. The pieces are characterized by their playful shape composition and relaxed geometry. Great time and care is taken when sourcing the materials that drive the jewelry. All pieces are made by hand in Sarah’s studio.
Carrie Hoffnagle, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, Formica, and lab-grown gems
Hoffnagle has been busy diligently designing jewelry and establishing herself as a jewelry artist since she graduated in 2006 with a BFA from Iowa State University. Her jewelry explores many organic forms and shapes and her influences lie within the context of modern contemporary minimalism. She creates contrasting jewelry that is sleek, has refined shapes, and warm playful colors that rebel against the status quo of today’s contemporary jewelry design.
Grace Hogan, Bayfield, WI
Materials: sterling silver, hand-picked rocks, and beach glass
Inspired by the things “we stomp over in our everyday lives,” Hogan creates wearable objects that combine sheet metal with elements and ideas from nature such as hand-picked rocks and beach glass.
Betty Jäeger, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, 18 karat, 22karat and 24 karat gold
Jäger was born and raised on the shores of the misty Puget Sound. Her current line of handmade jewelry finds inspiration in the interesting and organic textures of her past. Reflections of the simple curve of a wave, the bark on evergreen trees can be found in her organically crafted jewelry. The strength of a hand fabricated piece of jewelry robustly highlighted with the softness of hammered texture and smooth satin finish. These pieces exude the consistency of natural elements, imitating the deep texture and bold, voluminous forms, and finally relayed onto metal.
Annika Kaplan, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones
After studying jewelry design and fabrication at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Kaplan set up shop in a small south Minneapolis studio. Influenced by nature and folk traditions, she produces jewelry made mostly from blackened sterling silver and semi-precious gems. She strives to create pieces which are both highly wearable and highly unique, in hopes of offering wearers a new way to adorn themselves.
Britta Kauppila, St. Paul
Materials: sterling silver, stone, gold and pearls
Kauppila hand forms each piece of jewelry she makes by manipulating and shaping metal into pieces that are extremely soft and delicate, but substantial. Often inspired by nature, she combines form, line, and texture to produce movement, rhythm, and harmony and is drawn to the contradiction of the hard immovable structure that metal offers to create her unique jewelry line.
Tia Keobounpheng, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: wood, acrylic, various metals
Keobounpheng has always been fascinated with “things” and how they are made. Making things with her hands and designing jewelry contrasts the time and scale involved in working through the architectural design process, adding considerable balance to her own creative process and drive. Color, texture, repetition, variation, light, and tactile quality are important considerations in her work.
Katie Lime, Chicago, IL
Materials: sterling silver
Lime is the owner, designer, and maker of Moira K. Lime Jewelry. She works out of her small studio space in Chicago, IL, which she enjoys sharing with her two lovable dogs. Lime attended Indiana University and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in metalsmithing and jewelry design. Moira K. Lime Jewelry is inspired by the natural and botanical world that so many pass by without notice. Lime strives to bring attention the loveliness of all these small things in life and draw people to appreciate the natural beauty of the world.
Lindsay Locatelli, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: Sterling silver, wood, gemstones and found objects
Lindsay Locatelli is guided by her need to recreate personal experiences and places that she has been while exploring the great Southwest. Many of her hand crafted creations are inspired by undulating mesa tops, sloping plateaus, jagged silvery mountains, tucked away creeks, found treasures, spiritual creatures and the diamond encrusted night sky.
Since graduating from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2009, with a B.F.A. in Studio Furniture, Lindsay has pursued practices working in many different mediums. With experience focusing on conceptual ideation and functional design, she is drawn towards creating wearable objects that take from important events in her life.
Laura Lombardi, Chicago, IL
Materials: bronze, brass and repurposed materials
Lombardi is a Chicago based jewelry designer creating from her studio in Fulton Market. Laura’s earliest forays into art came in the form of sculpture and mixed media, which is visible in the structure, geometric focus, and fluidity of her jewelry designs. Raised in New York and Italy, the study of art and design at New York’s FIT and SVA, and the influence of classic Italian imagery have contributed to shaping the unique character of her designs. Laura’s designs themselves favor themes like repetition and appropriation, and are formed of materials that Laura connects with, most often vintage and repurposed materials. Each piece of jewelry is made by hand in her studio, in Chicago Illinois.
Sarah Loertscher, Seattle, WA
Materials: sterling silver and 18kt vermeil
Sarah’s work reflects both the landscape she grew up in and her interest in her underlying structure of natural objects. Growing up in Indiana, with its expansive skies and industrial structures, nurtured her appreciate for clean, minimal lines. The Midwest’s vast fields and skies served as a visual canvas to power lines, granaries, and silos – structures wrought from pure function. These immense objects impressed upon Sarah the feeling that structure itself is beauty, and the bare bones of a form are often the beautiful parts.
Nick Lundeen, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, copper and stones
Nicholas Quinn Lundeen is a craftsman from Minneapolis. Ever obsessed with process and tradition, he creates each piece from start to finish with traditional methods, including making his own tools and cutting his own stones. His ultimate goal is to create timeless pieces of the highest quality and functionality.
Sheila Moar, St. Paul, Minnesota
Materials: sterling silver and semi-precious stones
The designer, Sheila Moar, has had a life-long interest in exotic travel around the world, plus a keen interest in art, and women’s fashion and adornment. She has traveled extensively in Asia, where she was inspired to create her unique art statement jewelry, a fusion of East meets West. Each necklace integrates an unusual mix of elements from around the world, often using artifacts and beads she has picked up from her travels. Her pieces are designed with a particular sensitivity to color and textures using elements that mix the refined and the exotic. Her designs are versatile and can be worn casually or for more formal occasions.
As Sheila designs, she is always imagining how her piece will be worn with a contemporary fashion outfit. As one wears one of her creations, inevitably you are asked: “Where did you get that?” This fosters relationships and social interaction with strangers and friends, which is a fun by-product of wearing one of her creations.
Beth Novak, St. Louis Park, MN
Materials: sterling silver, copper & enamel
Novak grew up in an extremely artistic home where she believed that you could look at just about anything as inspiration. She is originally from Wisconsin, where she attended the U-W Stout and got a degree in studio art, with a concentration in art metals. Novak has since lived in St. Louis Park for the last 17 years, and after experimenting with many different mediums, she has returned to her first love, metals. Her works include enamel on copper and sterling silver. She loves to explore texture and color and finds that both silver and copper allow her to do so. Novak often manipulates the copper before enameling it, to accentuate the layers and texture under the enamel. The patina she finishes her pieces off with is durable and has a wonderful depth of color.
Susan Panciera, St. Peter, MN
Materials: argentium sterling silver, 14k and 18k gold
Panciera has been making jewelry since 1987. She believes a balance must be achieved between delicacy and strength, movement and comfort, evolving styles and timelessness. Susan Panciera uses hammers, pliers, saws, torches and her hands, utilizing the traditional fabrication techniques of sawing, forging, forming, soldering and polishing to transform the materials into a finished piece of wearable sculpture.
Tina Rice, Ames, IA
Materials: silver, copper, glass, and enamel
Rice resides in the Midwest and is the designer and creator of a bold and fun collection of charming enamel jewelry. Her work incorporates bright colors of enamel and a variety of copper shapes, which allows the jewelry, takes on a life of its own.
Inna Royzenfeld, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver and stones
Royzenfeld received her BFA from the University of Minnesota in 2011, with a concentration in sculpture. In transitioning from the foundry at school to a studio located in Northeast Minneapolis, her work became scaled down; however, the organic lines and raw textures of her artistic style remained. Inna has now set out to create a body of work that incorporates the visual weightiness of her previous large sculptural pieces, but combines them with the delicacy of adornment. Mainly utilizing sterling silver and small set stones, most pieces Inna creates are one-of-a-kind, and resonates a tender, but raw feel.
Danny Saathoff, Robbinsdale, MN
Materials: found objects, wood and a variety of metals
Danny Saathoff spends hours going through discarded bits of junk to figure out what it has to say or communicate. He is inspired by the process of organizing and building individual elements not originally intended to work together. He thrives on the idea that he can tell a story by combining these disparate components. While the basic concepts that he works with may be simple, the histories of each individual artifact create a richness and depth that he has never been able to achieve through traditional art-making techniques. Saathoff finds beauty in aged patinas and rusted metal, most of which were destined for the scrap heap.
Erin Smith, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, porcelain, terra cotta and natural fibers
Smith comes from a long line of jewelers and metalworkers (hence the name smith), but her degree in product design introduced her to a multitude of materials. She has spent the past five years designing for a nationwide retailer, while juggling her own interior and product design jobs on the side. Just recently she’s decided to delve into the world of freelance 100% allowing her to spend all of her time doing the things that she loves.
Amy Torello, Mexico City, Mexico
Materials: sterling silver, glass enamel, resin
Torello has studied at the Castillo workshops in southern Mexico where she apprenticed with several master Mexican silversmiths. Inspired by such elements as architecture, geometry, minimalism, and mechanics, she sees an interaction between the basics of color and form, movement and space.
Helen Wang, Edina, MN
Materials: semi-precious stones and mixed precious metals
Wang creates each deftly designed one-of-a kind or limited edition piece with the person who will eventually wear it in mind. Whether it’s a druzy quartz marquis earring or the vintage luxury feel of a genuine Swarovski crystal bridal choker, Wang’s hands create the jewelry to reflect her vision.
Rebecca Wicklund, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, copper, glass and semi-precious stones
Wicklund has been creating jewelry since 2008 as a creative balance to her day job in the health care field. Her pieces are contemporary and express easy wearability. Color, clean lines and simplicity drive her creative process.
Kristin & Eric Wornson, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: flowers, plants, glass and silver
Siblings Kristin and Eric Wornson create a unique brand of jewelry with a two-dimensional approach, simple design, and elements of color, texture and form. Pieces are bound by a lead-free jeweler’s solder then polished and sealed to age with a pewter finish. Flowers are collected from forests, jungles, islands, roadsides, and the gardens of friends, family, and unwitting strangers. Their designs derive from a convergence of early stained-glass projects (monitored by an energetic Norwegian grandfather), a primal fondness for nostalgic jewelry, and a biology degree that led to such places as the Channel Islands and the Amazon Rainforest.