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daria salusDaria Salus grew up in Chicago, but her work as a jeweler began in Santa Cruz, California. “For over two decades, Daria has used her ever-developing “deep connection to the ocean and forest environments” as a springboard for creativity, crafting pieces that are at the same time personal and universal, connecting hand-crafted art with the spirit of nature.”

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priscilla frakePriscilla Frake looks to the past and the heavens to inspire her work. As an enamelist, she is working “in the ancient art of fusing glass onto metal. Enamel was widely used and prized in the ancient world for its brilliant colors and for its durability and resistance to wear.” Her recent work“involves an exploration of modern and ancient images of the cosmos. I am inspired by photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope, and also by illustrations from Renaissance and alchemical texts. My work attempts to investigate the disparity between what we feel about the universe and what we now know about it.”

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christyn-bijoux 1 25As a French language drop out in high school…I didn’t fare very well in Spanish either, we will let the work of Fabienne Christyn tell her story. She works primarily in white porcelain creating large sculptural installations as well as jewelry. Fabienne’s work was pinned by Amalthee-Creations, another artist who ‘cuts to the chase’ and creates powerful designs with an innate simplicity.

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alex horstAlex Horst uses the rigid fragility of gemstones to counterbalance the ‘ductile properties of gold & silver’. Simple geometry and clean lines are the cornerstone to Alex Horst’s gemstone carvings and jewelry creations because they allow the elegance and beauty of nature to speak for itself. He then adds gemstones – either sparkling or opaque – to create visual texture, brilliance and balance.’

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fancy dirt forgeAs an artist, visiting Asheville, NC offers a plethora of galleries, public art, art deco buildings, street art and artists, and on…and on!!! One of the artists exhibiting at both Woolworth Walk and working in a studio in the River Arts District  is Monty Phillips of “Fancy Dirt Forge“. “My current work is an exercise in fancy exploring the possibilities of vitreous enamel on sterling silver and copper in regard to form, texture, color and its ability to mimic and play on other materials such as stone, fabric and organic plant life.”

If you would like to visit President Obama’s favorite Asheville restaurant…don’t miss 12 Bones in the River Arts District.

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j l merrillThis winter has driven us  all places south…South Carolina, Florida & North Carolina. Unfortunately, the warmth and the sunshine must come to an end…and we are back in the real world…translated Ohio.

Asheville is always the perfect destination for blog material and provides the muse for today’s artist. Julie Merrill’s, Tiny Submarine necklace, was even more intriguing ‘in person’. “While steel is one of the worlds’ toughest materials, I find it empowering and humbling to bring it to a malleable form and shape it into function and beauty.  My passion is to work with metal, to offer adornment and value, to explore ancient techniques and preserve the art of blacksmithing.”

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eimearconyardIrish jeweler, Eimear Conyard, describes her work as balanced…whether symmetrical or asymmetrical. “The idea that jewellery is not merely adornment but also an object independent from the body has been the driving force in my work as a Jewellery and Timepiece designer over the past 15 years. My sculptural jewellery uses contrasting precious and non-precious materials to build resting places for jewellery; large hollow forms created to house and build this other context, a second place of being exclusive of the human physique.”

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pam caidinPam Caidin captures the patterns she finds in the natural world by transferring these designs onto metal and then highlighting them with various colors of 14 carat gold. “I am captivated by the subtle beauty of recurring patterns in the natural world, universal patterns that cross all boundaries of scale and substance. All matter and energy in the universe are governed by the same natural forces, and patterns are a visible manifestation of these forces. Trees, ice crystals, capillaries, all share the same dendritic growth pattern. The optic nerve takes the same radial form as the rays of the sun, or the dandelion. Animate or inanimate, growth or decay, everything follows the same organizing principles.”

How appropriate that the first post of 2014 is the 1200th post on Ornamental Elements. Thank you all for your suggestions and comments throughout the last 4 years and look forward to another 1200+.

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renee bevanNew Zealand Artist, Renee Bevan’s, recent work explores the cliche of flowers and the long standing history of flowers in jewelry adornment. “Much of my work revolves around my fascination with the manufactured sentimentality and vast symbolism of flowers, mainly being the rose and carnation, as well as traditional jewellery. Both have a continuing longstanding history with commemorating love, life and death; creating endless paths for the exploration of ideas.”

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amaltheeAmalthee is the collaboration of a creative visual artist and a contemporary jewelry artist. Living in the south of France they work from home but describe their small universe as wide open to the world. Being drawn to ethnic jewelry and the soft drape of gauzy fabrics, I spent a great deal of time at Amalthee de-stressing before the turkey hit the oven.

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