EBSQ Spotlight on Artist Made Jewelry: Christina M. Givens

This month’s featured gallery is Artist Made Jewelry. Handcrafted jewelry is not only an expression of the artist who created it but of the one who wears it.  Whether created in silver or gold; plain or sparkling with gems and stones, artist made jewelry is a coming together of personalities that is unique. Throughout the remainder of March, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Jewelry artists.

Christina M. Givens

Triskelion - Christina M. Givens
When I was a kid I always took everything apart. From the TV’s to furniture, nothing was safe! My parents always found it funny, that’s only because I would put it back together again. I naturally gravitated to watches and taking them apart.
When I first discovered the steampunk movement, I was dazzled! All the gears and cogs, metal, clock, aviation, I loved every bit of it! I began making pendants with tons of trial and error. But once I got the hang of it each piece had a purpose or a reason for it.
I’ve always felt that it was the sentiment and the reason behind a piece of jewelry that made it special, even if it was aesthetically pleasing. So this is what I try to create with every piece I touch. – Christina M. Givens

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EBSQ Spotlight on Artist Made Jewelry: Terah Lyn Ware

This month’s featured gallery is Artist Made Jewelry. Handcrafted jewelry is not only an expression of the artist who created it but of the one who wears it.  Whether created in silver or gold; plain or sparkling with gems and stones, artist made jewelry is a coming together of personalities that is unique. Throughout the remainder of March, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Jewelry artists.

Terah Lyn Ware

Your Butterfly Necklace - Terah Lyn Ware

My interest in women’s history and adornment has led me to create the timeless jewelry collection, “An Era’s Ambiance”.  In my studies of historical attire, jewelry was found to be very symbolic in women’s lives by representing stature, the mourning a loved one or simply adorning one’s soul.  I use heirlooms from the past to adorn the souls of today.  The antiquity and history of each heirloom that I handpick transcends beauty from a time in one’s past…”An Era’s Ambiance”.

My handmade jewelry would be described as “upcycled” works of art, altered creations, and “Neo Victorian” Classics.  I create my jewelry from heart and soul to create “gifts” for those that relate to the past. – Terah Lyn Ware

Terah resides in Berkeley Springs, WV with her husband and son.  She is an art teacher for Morgan County, WV.

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EBSQ Spotlight on Fibre Art: Haze McElhenny Cerrato

This month’s featured gallery is Fibre Art. The fibre arts involve creating art with fibre. It sounds neat and simple, but the fibre arts are so varied that it is like saying that there are fish in the sea; it’s hardly an adequate description. Fibre art includes spinning and weaving. Also quilting and collage. It encompasses sculpture and apparel and felting and more. Fibre art is any piece of art made with fibre and it’s application is almost endless.

Heart In Hand - Haze McElhenny Cerrato
Heart In Hand - Haze McElhenny Cerrato

Haze McElhenny Cerrato

My fibre art project, Skirting the Issue, began in the summer of 2006 after working very closely with a commercial screen printer. During the length of this project I was fortunate enough to witness and become involved in all phases of the the process of commercial screen printing and I was aghast and appalled at the amount of waste created and the number of sample runs that were assigned to the trash because they did not meet client specifications in one way or another. This really got me thinking about how to reclaim some of those goods without trampling on license issues.

Shortly after that project closed, I found myself at a local thrift store. This particular store had more than several racks (in fact it was almost an entire floor) of tees. Many were barely worn and of a very high quality but I still wondered how many had any chance of being sold and actually worn and more – how many would soon be packed off to the landfill.

Actually seeing and realizing all of this waste was very disturbing. So I started cutting and sewing a few proto-type designs of skirts and polymorphic garments for my own personal use. It wasn’t long before I was sewing designs to spec for others, creating a global conga line of clients that contiues to grow as my designs continue to evolve. Honestly, I don’t know how many tees have been given a new and purposeful life but the numbers are growing. –  Haze McElhenny Cerrato

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Don’t forget – EBSQ LIVE tonight at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific

Please join us tonight at 9PM EST (6PM Pacific) in the EBSQ Chat Room for Kris Jean’s EBSQ LIVE presentation on how to recycle junk mail and scrap paper – along with adding petals and other pretties, to make your own artisan paper. It is going to be a comprehensive presentation that will include how to use additives and drying times. It’s time for spring cleaning and this is a unique way to clear out the clutter and it’s certainly more interesting than carrying the recycling and trash to the curb.

When Daisies Collide - Kris Jean
When Daisies Collide - Kris Jean

All the information on this presentation can be found on the Education page. To get there at any time, please click the “Learn” tab at the top of any page on the main EBSQ site. If you have an idea for an EBSQ LIVE presentation, or if you have a question, please drop a line to edu@ebsqart.com.