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Monday, June 14, 2010

Indie Junction Featured Artisans for the Week of June 13th!!


  
There is so much talent here on Indie Junction and this week's three featured artisans are no exception!  Let's welcome: Vicky from Gourds Adored, Susan, owner of Lynwood Jewels and her second shop Lynwood Designs in  Wood, and Deanna from Year of the Tiger!!
Let's start with Vicky from Gourds Adored where you will find gourd birdhouses, purses, vases, bowls, night lights, oil burners, and lots of holiday gourds.  In the artist's own words: "I have been working with gourds for about 8 years. I sell at art and craft festivals each year, as well as leased space in a shop in Indiana.  It was all started when my sister bought me a gourd birdhouse for Christmas. I have done several different crafts through the years, wood working, handmade dolls, painting windows and glass, you name it, I have probably tried it. But gourds!! I didn't even know what a gourd was, but was fascinated. I started buying books, found growers and I've been hooked ever since.  I'm a gourdhead and proud of it!!!!"  Follow Gourds Adored on Twitter!
Now let's take a look at some of her wonderful work!
  
Our next Indie Junction Featured Artisan is  Lynwood Jewelry featuring handmade jewelry in sterling silver and semi-precious stones.    In the artist's own words: "Lynwood Jewellery or in other words, Bev and Susie, design and handcraft necklaces, bracelets and earrings, in sterling silver and semi-precious stones and beads. We create jewelry that is eye catching and unique and most importantly, that we ourselves would wear.  We love creating lovely things to wear that are a bit different and eyecatching. We work in sterling silver, even our findings are made of sterling silver and we use semi-precious stones and occasionally Swarovski crystals too. We hope you like our jewelry and more importantly, we hope you enjoy wearing it."
Places to find Lynwood Jewelry
Now let's take a look at some of the wonderful designs you will find at Lynwood Jewelry!
  
And here are some designs in Lynwood Designs in Wood:
  
Our third Indie Junction Featured Artisan is Deanna from Year of the Tiger where you'll find photography, collage paintings and assemblage (three dimensional collage). Basically, anything paper she can get her hands on.  In the artist's own words: "I'm a visual artist who likes to create something new every day. I'm passionate about found papers which I collect from multiple sources. These papers find their way into original acrylic collage paintings, giving each piece considerable texture and dimension. They tease the eye so that it's not immediately obvious that an image is comprised of hundreds of pieces of torn papers incorporated into paint and glazes. My range of work covers the abstract to the more realistic, like my avatar which is another (tiny) example of my work.  I also create collage boxes--three dimensional art technically considered assemblage--that begins with a handmade 6" X 6" origami box and builds from there. These lidded boxes are perfect all occasion gifts, since they function as presentation boxes in addition to art. They're unique and highly customizable, preserved in acrylic display cases.
Some of my photography is also featured in my shop. You have your choice between a print only or a framed, ready to hang piece. For framed prints, I offer both black and white mats and frames."
Places to find Year of the Tiger:
Take a look at some of the wonderful work by Year of the Tiger!
  
We hope you have enjoyed this week's featured Indie Junction Artisans!  Indie Junction is a wonderful community that brings together artisans from across all mediums in the spirit of collaboration, support and growth.  Indie Junction now officially has a new home!  Due to changes within Ning and incredible growth of our community, we have moved to a brand new home!  Many thanks to the design team of Nicky (co-owner) and her husband Steph for creating a wonderful site for all of our members!  With this new site we can not only continue to add value for our members but also keep the site free!  For more information about Indie Junction, please go here!

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    I am an MBA Jewelry Artisan and owner of Zur Designs.  I create handcrafted jewelry using only the highest quality materials such as sterling silver,semi-precious gemstones, swarovski crystals, and pearls.

    My designs are inspired by life, love, and the beauty that surrounds me from the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts to the wonderful beaches in Rhode Island...both I consider my home.