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Real and Mythical: Art by Sue Ellen Brown


A painting of the Scorpio sign from the zodiacScorpio, archival Giclee print

Sue Ellen Brown is an artist from Texas who specializes in realistic, detailed renderings of subjects both real and mythical. The artist has lent her talents to numerous publications ranging from children’s books to strategy card games to magazines and marketing materials.


A painting of a pearl pendantThe Pearl Medallion, Premier Giclee prints on archival stock

 

I really enjoy the fantasy subject matter that frequently features in…

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Scientific Curiosity: Art by Tina Tavolacci


A painting of a small bird on earth-toned paperUntitled

Tina Tavolacci is a mixed media artist and jewelry designer. Her works often feature raised or textured elements, and the imagery of insects and animals found therein speaks to a sense of scientific curiosity.


A necklace with an enamel pendantUntitled

 

I enjoy the earthy brown and sepia tones that the artist favors in her works. Working in combination with weathered and rusted metallic elements that are sometimes glued to the paintings, these hues create a…

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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…

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Flora and Fauna: Jewelry and Art by Tina Tavolacci


A necklace made from enamel pieces suspended on a copper chainUntitled, enamel jewelry

Tina Tavolacci is a mixed-media artist currently living and working Coloma, Michigan. Using coloured pencil, acrylic paint, copper and found objects, she creates jewelry and paintings that express a love of flora and fauna.

 

A painting of a bird with metal accentsUntitled

Tina’s paintings take on an aesthetic that reminds me of old nature catalogs and textbooks that might be treasured finds from a grandparent’s attic. She often works in…

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Nature and Design: Jewelry by Britta Boekmann


A jewelry pendant from handmade resin and Australian woodHandmade chunky pendant, Australian gall and green resin

Britta Boekmann is an industrial and jewelry designer from Australia. Her most recent designs combine smooth pieces of coloured resin with found wood, creating pendants that showcase the intersection of nature and design.

 

I love Boekmann’s pendant designs – the artist does a wonderful job of preserving the slight imperfections and knots in the wood, while refining it down…

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Insect Motifs: the Art of Tina Tavolacci


A painting of a bee over scraps of old paperUntitled

Tina Tavolacci is a Michigan artist who specializes in painting and jewelry, incorporating insect motifs, as well as animals and plants into much of her work.

 

The recurring images of different items from nature – insects, sea creatures, leaves and branches of trees – are interesting when placed on jewelry. Something that is often refined to be as smooth and shiny as possible is, in the case of Tina’s work, left a bit…

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