I've got two bracelets by Alita Pearl, the one that says "Dance Wildly" and the one that says "Collect Adventures & Experiences."
The top one is by someone else, someone I can't remember. It says "remember to play," but it's not very sturdy and probably won't last much longer since it bends a lot. The two turquoise bracelets are very old--I bought one from a Native American artist at a camp by the river near Farmington when I was nine, a really cool experience arranged by my uncle: we met a man at a trading post and followed him down a winding dirt road to the camp, where they showed me trays of jewelry and let me pick out a ring and bracelet. I found the matching one years later at the Flea Market outside Santa Fe.
I love rocks, and I love this rock bracelet by an artist named Richard from Oklahoma.
He's a teacher, and I cannot, for the life of me, remember his last name. He's a really, really nice guy, and over the years I've bought a bunch of rings and bracelets and earrings from him. I've given most of them away to people who admired them, so all I have left is this bracelet and a pair of orange earrings.
Then there's this collection of single earrings by Thomas Mann, purchased over the years when we visit his shop in New Orleans.
I've worn a bunch of his other jewelry, fabulous pieces way out of my budget, when we do vendors' nights together--I wear a bunch of his necklaces and talk to people, sort of like a model but soooo not a model, you know? It's way fun. Tom was in my fourth book, Creative Time and Space, and he has a new book of his own, Metal Artist's Workbench.
The photo above was taken at Art Is Petaluma in 2011. I'm always happy to help set up his booth because then I get to touch all the jewelry and try on anything I want, which is just like dress-up but without messing up your hair. Not that that's really ever an issue for me anyway.
So those are some of my favorite jewelry artists, cool people doing cool work. Who are your favorites? Give us some links to go look at their work, please~~
Ricë also blogs at The Voodoo Cafe.
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