This is the first edition of a new collaboration with my friend, and talented photographer - expect more artist profiles to come! All photos by Jen, visit her site to see more of her talent.
This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Jessica, owner of Crow Jane Jewelry, at her home and studio. She lives in a suburban neighborhood in the foothills of Denver. Although it looks ordinary from the outside, inside the home is decorated in bright colors and cool artwork - while well styled, it's definitely lived in. One of Jessica's dogs ran up to greet us.
Jessica's studio is modest - inside her garage surrounded by bikes her twelve-year-old son is working on. Her bench is covered in stones and sketches - she is constantly sketching. She has notepads everywhere from her bedside table to her car. Although production consumes much of her time, the designing stage is her favorite and many of her designs are driven by the stone. Her next new design concept is always her favorite piece. When choosing stones, she likes ones with a point - the more angular, the better.
Looking at her designs, they have a very natural feel and it's no surprise that they are made in Colorado - but Jessica is originally from Albuquerque, so some of her inspiration comes from the New Mexico culture. Although she despises some of the aspects of New Mexican art, she does love the native shapes, Day of the Dead art, green chile and, of course, turquoise.
This jewelry stood out to me because it is both affordable and high quality. Jessica is a true maker and puts attention into every piece, even when she's filling a large article and she gets help from her son who is a budding metalsmith.
While we were chatting at her work bench, she was playing the new Broken Bells record at a low volume. Part of the jewelry-making experience for her is music. She feels similarly to me in that rather than having just the digital file she needs to have the physical CD or record - she loves looking at the artwork and reading the liner notes. Jessica's also been in a band before - singing and playing guitar.
In the hour or so that I was talking to Jessica I met both her pups and her husband. We talked about everything from their new bee-keeping hobby and her love for gardening to music, art and jewelry. I had a wonderful time and truly appreciate Jessica inviting me into her home and studio. The more I got to know her, the more I love and respect her jewelry so much more. She is always thinking, innovating and creating.
If you are local to Colorado - visit the Firefly Market on April 26th + 27th or Horseshoe Market on May 10th. She will also be at Unique LA in California May 3rd and 4th. Also, check out her Etsy shop and a selection of designs on Backcountry.com.