Medium: Jewelry and mixed media
Description: Original handmade jewelry featuring wire crochet and semi-precious stones
Being the daughter of a mother who paints, knits, crochets and even writes calligraphy, Jessica believed the creative gene skipped her. As a child, she excelled at stick figures, hearts and butterflies. Although she graduated from college with a B.A. in English she never really found her calling. It was not until she fixed a broken necklace with fishing wire and started going to bead shops, she not only discovered jewelry making, but she also discovered the artist she was meant to be. Almost by accident, jewelry making gave her a creative outlet to express herself and she found something that she loved to do. After giving away her first creations and eventually selling her designs to co-workers and friends, she focused on making her hobby that she loved into a business so that she can share her creativity with others and live self-sufficiently from what she loved to do. Over a short period of time and with lots of encouragement, she started Jessica Designs in 2002. In speaking specifically about her jewelry, "I create jewelry by marrying colors and textures that seem an unlikely pair to create eclectic designs that captures attention. I'd like to think my jewelry speaks to the unique beauty we all possess. Each piece becomes an extension of the person wearing one of my designs. I don't really follow trends, I let each piece design itself that keeps my creativity and unique designs flowing. Another facet of my business that I love is working collaboratively with my clients to create custom pieces for weddings, formal events, to match an outfit or just because. Jewelry can bring people joy and make them feel beautiful I have seen it and that is what I hope to continue to do through my jewelry...bring people beauty and joy! "
Tour Location: The 224 EcoSpace, 224 Farmington Avenue