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Studio Sunday: Jessica Barensfeld


A photo of Jessica Barensfeld's jewelry studio

 

Jessica Barensfeld is a jewelry maker based in Brooklyn, New York. The artist also runs a business creating handmade wool hats with her partner. Jessica’s jewelry studio is in her home, and the artist has taken advantage of the smaller space to build a welcoming, cozy atmosphere.

 

According to interviews, Jessica works with six interns in this shop. It seems exceptionally small and homey for so many staff but given the small nature of the jewelry pieces they’re likely producing, the medium would allow for this.

 

I really love the overall warmth of the space – the light wood accents and numerous small storage cabinets and draws add a studious sort of appeal, and the space is totally packed with furniture and plants. The atmosphere that all this décor gives off seems to serve as a likely source of inspiration for modern jewelry, with a clean, hip aesthetic.

 

Though the brick wall in Barensfeld’s studio appears to be painted over, it does remind me of the brick wall in Polly Morgan’s studio space – in fact, Barensfeld’s whole studio space, with its long, wraparound desk and countless tiny drawers, shelves and cupboards (no doubt packed with small tools and scrap materials,) is reminiscent of other artists working on smaller projects such as Morgan’s taxidermy or Margaret Lee's writing.

 

It’s always fascinating and somehow satisfying to see live plants in someone’s studio space. While Barensfeld’s are more contained than the lush forest of Claire Basler’s workspace, I still always imagine them to add a touch of fresh inspiration to a space even when you’ve been at work for hours.


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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