PETYA MADZHAROVA JEWELRY ARTIST

Petya Madzharova Artist Statement: I was born on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, but moved to the United States over a decade ago. My background is in science, but I have creative side. I am constantly looking for ways to nurture and explore different avenues. I started jewelry making about five years ago I mostly work with semi-precious stones and beads. My curiosity for new techniques lead me to take metalsmithing about two years ago. I adore the wonderful world of mixed metals!

Petya Madzharova’s Love of Jewelry

I love to design jewelry that is elegant and complimenting. My goal is to emphasize the feminine side to make women who wear my jewelry feel good. I want my jewelry to show the beauty of simplicity and minimalism. My inspiration comes from nature, the diversity of metals and stones, and many different cultures.

NOELLE HARRIGAN JEWELRY ARTIST

Noelle Harrigan Jewelry Statement – I wear a lot of black. To me, it is the ultimate neutral. Black has provided a wonderful backdrop for some of the bold and inspiring neckwear that I have collected. Over the years, I began to wish to see something different.

Styles, stones, color, and I began to have a clear vision of what I wanted to have at my fingertips. So, that coupled with my passion for fashion accoutrement led me to the art of jewelry design. Creating jewelry has provided a means to showcase my style and aesthetic. As I collected beads and stones from amazing places and manipulated them into one-of-a-kind pieces. I had the realization that stones and the many tactile sensations they evoked had a truly profound effect on me.

Noelle Harrigan Philosophy

Surrounding myself in the magical, mystical world of beads and bead venues changed the way I looked at the world and it’s colors and textures. I work with stones that can evoke the memory of a sultry breeze on a warm night with someone you love.

Stones can feel like an electrical current in the air that energize your spirit. Some stones paired with the right counterpart look and feel like the beach when dawn breaks and again designed differently, like when the sun is setting. If I’m feeling particularly inspired, I can see a finished piece in my mind before I’ve put one stone or bead on the form. That’s when my love for what I do is at it’s most powerful.

LAURE GOLDBERG JEWELRY ARTIST

Laure Goldberg started L’OR as a way to take her love of jewelry making more seriously. She began working with metals and stones seventeen years ago in the Wellesley, MA, public schools, but recently she turned her hobby into a business. She manufactures some pieces at her home workbench overlooking Beacon Street in Boston. As a studiomate at Metalwerx in Waltham, Laure Goldberg creates more labor-intensive pieces with specialty equipment and peer input.

Laure Goldeberg Philosophy

Whether walking around Boston, running an errand, or having trouble sleeping, Laure is constantly dreaming up new designs. Therefore, you will see quite a variety of styles, techniques, and textures in her work as she continues to experiment and play. Laure Goldberg also enjoys working one-on-one to design custom pieces with your own personal touch. Look for her new line of neckties coming out soon!

HELEN EDDY CARD ARTIST

Helen Eddy began day*star, her card and gift manufacturing company, in 1980. She did so to market her artwork, and within a few years found her affinity for photography. She began selling her photographs into cards, magnets, and bookmarks, and other products throughout New England. Now her work is available as prints.

Light is of primary importance to photography; Helen Eddy (whose first name means “light”) here presents light to us in its virtues of beauty and truth.  She finds these virtues in love; that Helen loves Boston and that she loves flowers is evident in these images.  We may physically see richness and color, but the real element is known by spiritual illumination: love.

Seeing beauty in other places as well, Helen found a niche in photographing New England towns and going back to have gift stores in those towns carry her products.  She now has photographed over two hundred towns in New England, and has ranged as far as Italy and England.

Helen Eddy Background

Helen Eddy grew up in Enfield, Connecticut, and graduated with a degree in fine arts from Principia College, a liberal arts school near St. Louis, Missouri.  Before developing her line of photocards, Helen exercised her photographer’s eye for ten years at the Newton Camera Club, winning awards there and serving for a couple of years as its president.

PHILIP BOLDUC WOOD TURNING

My name is Philip Bolduc, the creator of Bold Pens.  For many years I have crafted many items out of natural materials.

I earned my degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management from U.R.I. and I have been working as a laboratory technician since 1994.

Philip Bolduc Personal Statement

My main passion has been and continues to be the creation of useful natural and aesthetically pleasing items. Although the pen is the initial motivator of creativity for me in woodturning, there shall be other items crafted with the “Bold” name attached in the near future.

All of my pens and other items shall have a list of the materials used to create each item.

So, pick up a pen and get comfortable!

CAROLYN ARTIN JEWELRY

Carolyn Artin Jewelry Artist

Carolyn Artin is a Boston-based artist whose current work, The Coin Collection, is inspired by her childhood coin collection. Each of the pieces in the collection is unique, and made from bronze casts of coins and other metals.

PATRICIA WELLENKAMP JEWELRY ARTIST

Patricia Wellenkamp’s Artist Statement – Patricia Wellenkamp spent eleven years as the founding owner of a craft gallery in Somerville, Massachusetts. After that, Patricia Wellenkamp turned to her love of all things artisan. She made her goal jewelry and metalsmithing.

Patricia Wellenkamp – Background

She attended numerous classes at the Brookline Arts Center, The North Bennett Street School in Boston and the Haystack School of Crafts in Maine. She produces and sells her “Domed Flower” line of jewelry. Patricia Wellenkamp hand fabricates each piece from sterling silver and brass.

SYLVIA STEPHEN JEWELRY

Sylvia Stephen is a resident of Hingham and lives in Linden Ponds. Sylvia received a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Chile. She also studied with Linda Priest at School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Sylvia Stephen & Her Work

Sylvia Stephen creates jewelry in her studio in Waltham, MA. She fuses silver and little pieces of gold, and stampings. With this new technique and semiprecious stones, she forms rings and beads.

HIROSHI MINATO JEWELRY

Hiroshi Minato grew up in Tokyo and has been a resident of Somerville, Massachusetts since 2001. His endeavor to make jewelry began in 2013 to fulfill his personal needs. He wanted to have a necklace, which could match his outfit and life style. As a result, he decided to make it himself.

Hiroshi Minato & His Philosophy

After trying a few materials, he ended up choosing aluminum for his creation. His pieces are asymmetric, however, they are well balanced. They are simple, yet sophisticated. They convey a meaning that can have many interpretations. He thinks that the time and space around the pieces evoke unlimited imagination. He believes that the process makes his pieces unique.

KRISTIN KNUDSON-GROH JEWELRY ARTIST

In sixth grade, it was macramé necklaces and bracelets. In high school, I glued earring posts onto found objects. As an adult I moved on to beading, wirework and now chainmaille and metalwork. Growing up, I was the tomboy who loved pretty things. Now I take a form that had been used to equip men for war and use it to create pieces to enhance a woman’s beauty. Isn’t jewelry one of the ways that we ‘arm’ ourselves to face our days?

I’ve been working in jewelry “seriously” since 2005, making pieces. I began making chainmaille when a magazine project caught my eye and imagination. I had instructions, but still couldn’t make it work. Finally, I sat down and stared at the photo of the finished piece until suddenly, I got it. I saw how the pattern worked, how the rings related to each other. I was hooked. Every chain begins with a pile of rings, and two pair of pliers. I love the challenge of making armor look beautiful, and of finding ways to add beads onto (or into) the weaves. My goal is to push chainmaille beyond the Renaissance Festival, creating pieces that can be worn and appreciated by women everywhere.

KRISTIN KNUDSON-GROH JEWELRY STATEMENT

I start with the cabochon, playing with the colors until I like the way they swirl together. When it’s finished and glazed I create the chain, making it as tight a fit as I can to hold the cabochon snugly. Then I use a bit of clear epoxy on the back just to be sure that everything is secure. Finally I find a hand-dyed silk ribbon with colors that blend it all together. The cabochon is not quite 1 inch long. The silk tie is done with slip knots, so that it can be adjusted to the length you like. This necklace is very light and comfortable.