Friday, November 12, 2010

Craft Riot Vendor: The Jasmine Gallery

Jasmine Turner

Give a brief product description.
Spent bullet casing pendants holding deer antlers, natural crystal points and coral branches.
Hand formed and hammered sterling silver & gemstone "Initial" script necklaces.
Handwoven "Dream Web" necklaces and earrings using a unique weaving style and precious & semiprecious stones.
Rosary necklaces, made with freshwater pearls, hand knotted silk thread, and silver Milagro pendants, a blend of modern and traditional style.
Recycled and 100% one-of-a-kind domino necklaces and bottlecap earrings, using sterling silver, collage techniques and semiprecious stones for a unique twist.
Handmade leather bags, soft and deconstructed, with lots of fringe and pockets. Each bag is one-of-a-kind and has a unique appearance, sometimes including colorful vintage textiles from around the world.
How did you get started?
I have always loved jewelry, and as with most things I love, I eventually tried my hand at doing it myself. Making jewelry kept my interest past the crucial 30 day mark (at which point I generally loose interest or decide I couldn't actually do it any better myself), and I've been creating wearable art ever since. It's such a varied medium, it's easily personalized, and it allows me to constantly explore new technique and ideas while the amount of time required to complete any one project (usually) never exceeds a few hours. The satisfaction of being able to complete something beautiful, wearable and inspiring to both myself and others is unique to jewelry and keeps me excited about it.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My art is constantly evolving as I continue to learn new techniques and mediums. I find my inspiration in Nature, where the intricacy of colors, patterns and materials provide a never ending stream of new ideas. I strive to use recycled and ethically harvested materials as a way to be kind to the Earth and to explore new possibilities. I hope that whoever receives a piece of my work will be inspired to go forth, create, and see the beauty of the world through new eyes.

Describe your workspace/workroom.
730 square feet of complete chaos, otherwise known as my one bedroom apartment. I have a sturdy 8 ft table as my primary workspace, where I do most of my hammering. The rest of my surfaces include several 6 ft folding tables, another 6 ft desk, my kitchen counters and the dining room table. My current domestic arrangement provides my husband and I the luxury of two separate apartments in neighboring cities. His apartment remains pristine and relaxingly spacious, while mine is a glorified artist's studio with a bed and kitchen. I wouldn't have it any other way.
What has been your favorite winter holiday gift to make or receive?
Last year I learned how to make soap and gave everyone about a year's supply. I also convinced my husband to make candy (following technical directions is his specialty, not mine). We both had so much fun making things together, and between the two DIY projects it seemed everyone got something they could get excited about. Also, we got to eat candy trimmings for an entire week before Christmas.

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