“I’ve never done things simply or necessarily in the normal way. The first stone I ever cut was an opal and the first silverwork I ever did was filigree.” I fell in love with the first technique I tried, filigree work! I love the way the designs flow and grow when I create them, almost organically. I often find that designs I simply start making off the top of my head, takes a form which resembles nature, either a flower, bird, butterfly…once I even accidentally created a lions head! It’s a wonderful outlet for my creative energies and gives me more energy in return. I also enjoy doing a technique that few others work within the United States. I also enjoy applying this classic technique with a modern design twist. I began doing filigree while still in college. I had finished one degree in Psychology and was on my way to finishing a second in Mathematics Secondary Educations when I learned the basics of filigree while visiting Norway in 1988. I came back and taught myself more and developed the skills and the style I have today while living in Norway from 1991 until 2005. I have decided to share the technique and help to revive a nearly lost art by writing a book: Silver Threads, Making Wire Filigree Jewelry, which has just been released.
Biography: I was born and raised in Maryland, right outside Washington DC. I grew up with exposure to cultural resources like the Smithsonian and especially enjoyed their gem and jewelry section in the Natural History Museum. It wasn't a surprise then that when I started thinking about how I could make crystal jewelry in College (new age fad!), my mind turned to the fact that the Nat. History museum carried Arkansas Quartz crystals for 50 cents each! That I could afford! I started with my own version of wire wrapping and paid my way to Norway to visit my then fiancee, Bjorn. He had taken a course many years before in traditional Norwegian filigree work. He taught me the basics and I came back and went crazy with it! experimenting and teaching myself. So, in my last year of college, with a degree in psychology under my belt and a second degree in Math Secondary education almost completed, I started on what was to become my real life career, jewelry design and creation. I married and moved to Norway in 1991. I learned casting while in an on the job training program in 1991. In 1993, I was expecting my first child when my husband's diabetes took a turn for the worse in the form of a stroke. My jewelry work took a backseat to my role as caregiver and remained that way until I could return to the United States after one more child in 2000 and my husbands death in 2003. I worked off and on doing engraving, repairs, webwork, textbook layout and mac computer tech work until I moved back to the USA in 2005. Upon returning, I set up my workshop, finished writing my book and worked on setting up my business and my life back in the USA. I'm hoping to get my jewelry into the bridal industry as well as the Scandinavian-American Gift shops, higher end galleries and shops.
Country: United States
Site: Jeannius Designs
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