It’s almost February already! Here in the MacRostie Art Shop, that means it’s time to start preparing for Valentine’s Day. We’ve got some incredible handcrafted jewelry that would make a great statement gift for the special woman in your life. Here are four jewelry makers whose work can be found in our cases, and a bit about them and their work.
1. Tina Fung Holder | Washburn, WI | $45-$150
Born in Guyana, Tina Fung Holder began her career as an artist in Chicago, and later migrated to the northland. Her jewelry — made using laquered safety pins, glass beads, and crocheted cotton thread — can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC and the Museum of Arts & Design in New York.
In 1970, when my formal art education began, I was exposed to the idea of expanding traditional boundaries as well as technical knowledge. Concentrating my studies in the fiber/fabric area, I explored the idea of creating technical structures with nontraditional materials. Because I grew up in a non-industrial environment, the quantity and availability of mass-produced material became very appealing to me
2. Karin Jacobson | Minneapolis, MN | $38-$148
The Grand Prize Winner of the 2002 American Jewelry Design Council New Talent Competition, Karin Jacobson’s jewelry is innovative and affordable, using sterling silver and laser-cut leather. The style is fun and futuristic.
Play is a central theme in my work. My inspiration comes from science fiction, comic books, mechanical toys and Japanese animation, so the look is futuristic and fun. I like pieces that make a bold statement so I use big shapes, clean lines and bright colors. Equally important is to maintain the same high level of comfort and craftsmanship, which I learned as a traditional goldsmith. My ultimate goal is to create pieces that are sculptural on their own and functional as jewelry.
3. Candyce Fitzloff-Westfield |Walker, MN | $20-$150
After working in natural resources for nearly 20 years, Candyce started a new life journey as an artist — going back to school and graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She now works full time from her home studio north of Walker, MN creating jewelry.
I am drawn to materials, textures and shapes in nature. These elements become the building blocks of my work. A stone, a leaf, a feather…speak to all of us in a universal language and help me to create jewelry that is familiar and timeless.
4. Richard Christianson | Eau Claire, WI | $40-$220
Many of Richard’s pendants and earrings incorporate a very time consuming and labor intensive technique called piercing. This process involves cutting open spaces in the metal to reveal the design. After attaching an original design to the metal he drills a small hole in each of the areas that need to be removed (sometimes 50 or more). A small thread sized saw blade is guided through each hole and each space is sawed out until the entire design is revealed. The photo offered here as an example doesn’t come close to doing justice the craftsmanship of his pieces!
Having been born and raised in a small town in southern Minnesota, I have always felt connected to the outdoors. I spent most of my “growing up time” hunting, fishing, swimming, hiking and woodworking. I still enjoy camping, hiking, woodworking and creating “nature inspired” artwork. After high school, I attended Mankato State University where I received a Bachelors Degree in art education. While in art metals classes at Mankato I became very interested in jewelry making. After graduating from Mankato, I taught high school art, including jewelry classes, for 32 years in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. While teaching art, I continued to design, create and sell my jewelry at numerous art fairs throughout Wisconsin. I now market my work through galleries in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan