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Jewelry Invitational Artist: Jennifer Graves

We met Jennifer a few years ago at an art festival (remember those?!) and were instantly drawn to her bright and colorful designs.

The pops of hand-tinted resin, poured into hand-formed silver frames is right up our alley and we've had a selection of her work in-store ever since. For our Holiday Jewelry Invitational, she's sent us some new pieces, including a few that combine resin and concrete (and you know how we love concrete jewelry!).

Stop into the store or schedule a virtual or in-person appointment to check out the full collection or see a select grouping here and read on to hear more about her work.

 Jennifer Graves Lolly Jo Lolli Resin Jewelry Click Design West Seattle Gift Shop

How would you describe what you make?

I make colorful modern jewelry using sterling silver and hand colored resin. A lot of my designs are minimalist in style and make a statement through their simplicity and bold color.

What drew you to this medium and style of work?

I think I was drawn to working with resin for its versatility and the color it allows me to bring to my work. I love that resin can be very tactile, my finished pieces have a satiny feel to them that make them very soothing to touch. Resin can be challenging and unpredictable to work with and sometimes with certain techniques the final result is out of your control and is always a surprise.

What has 2020 meant to you / what have you learned / how have you grown?

2020 has taught me not to take things for granted and appreciate what I have. 

What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting their own jewelry line?

My advice to someone starting their own jewelry line is that it’s great to find inspiration in what other artists are doing but take that inspiration and turn it into something unique to you. Something a little different and special that makes you stand out.

When you are in the studio, what are you listening to?

When in my studio I cannot work in quiet. I always have music going, usually some 80’s New Wave. This drives my husband crazy, but simultaneously with the music I will listen to an audio book or podcast.

What skill or talent do you wish you had?

I wish I had better stone setting skills and the courage to work with more precious materials like gold.

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