Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Media Spotlight—Jewelry Artists 2009

Deb Festa—Jewelry

Everyone wants to know why I started making rosaries. So here goes... Last year I took a trip back to Italy to visit our cousins. I wanted to bring them all (27 cousins) a gift that didn’t take up a lot of room in my suitcase, so I decided to learn to make rosaries. I started to make them months before the trip.

I really got hooked on making them. Friends would come to visit me and loved the rosaries, because there were different. I had a lot of sales right on the spot from my friends who wanted to give them as gifts. I have always loved the feel of real stones. My family’s hobby when I was a little girl was rock hounding. We took many trips to the desert and different place to hunt for rocks. I learned at a young age just how the earth give us beautiful gifts in stones. That is why I try to make most of my rosaries out of semi-precious stones.

Some stones that I use are agate, amethyst, aventurine, aquamarine, blood stone, acarnelian, chrsocolla, coral, fluorite, garnet, gold stone, labradorite, howlite, jasper, lapis, malachite, obsidian, onyx, pearls, rhodonite, shells, sodalite, tigereye, turquoise, quartz and unakite to name a few. After I had such a good response about my rosaries, I then started selling them in the gallery. Since I am Catholic and I do say the Rosary, I made myself one for every day of the week. When I was a small child, before I became Catholic I always wanted my own rosary beads, because my cousins were Catholic and they had rosary beads. The beads were so beautiful. So there you have it, forty years later I started to make rosaries. You never know when a seed is planted in your head.

Deb's Rosaries

Hope Myers—Jewelry

Hope Myers is an award-winning artist who paints watercolors and makes one-of-a-kind jewelry in her “An Artist’s Garden” studio in Los Osos, California. She began to work with art forms as a child and continued her interests through a B.A. degree in Wisconsin with a minor in Art History.

Her primary medium is transparent watercolor. Using vibrant colors in sometimes unusual combinations; in clean and at times simple settings, she emphasizes her love for the beauty
of living things and outdoor scenes that can brighten our lives.

Hope’s jewelry, with the many colors, textures and sizes, lend a wide array of choices from fun pieces to elegant pearls, glass beads, Swarovski crystal and other semi precious stones.

Sandy Christey—Jewelry

Inspired by her love of nature and cultures, Sandy uses natural elements, semi precious stones, shells, etc.

Sandy enjoys incorporating pendants and pieces from various cultures from around the world, Tibet, China, Malaysia, and Africa.

She refers to her jewelry as, “Healing Art Jewelry,” with a belief that putting together design and stones from various cultures into one piece, she envisions World Peace. In addition, the gems are thought to have healing properties.

As a retired nurse, Sandy continues to participate in healing herself and others.

Gay McNeal—Jewelry

Gay’s love of textiles and the fiber arts started when her mother taught her to sew when she was ten years old.

Gay received a BA in Art with an emphasis in Interior and Textile Design from C.S.U. Long Beach. She continues to take classes in order to explore and experiment with all aspects of the fiber arts.

Gay possesses an appreciation of the multifaceted role that fiber has played in the art and material cultures of many ethnic societies, and her creative high comes from the actual process of trying out the multitude of techniques, both old and new available to textile artists today.

Gay's Pins