January 16, 2009

Broad Street

Broad Street is bold and beautiful! I was riveted by Sara's items and I think you will be too! Read the article then leave a comment with the answers to three (3) easy questions at the end of the post for a chance to win a prize. Enjoy!

Tell us a little about yourself
I am a self-employed artist, born and bred in southeastern Michigan. I moved to Chicago a few years ago to "become famous", build my business of salvaging vintage jewelry and reach broader audiences with my craft. I decidedly named my custom collection of jewelry Broad Street after the many versions that my last name has taken on over the past hundreds of years. I enjoy the bustle of the city, the never ending list of things to do and see and quite moments at Lake Michigan.

What inspires you to your craft/artistry?
I am inspired by the vintage pieces themselves. They are each unique time-capsules from days when jewelry was synonymous with status and women were breaking out of their cookie cutter shells and living a bit..being bold and sparkly. I like to pick up on themes, nature inspired floral pieces, repetition of shapes or colors, contradictions and strong compositions.

How do you promote your items?
Promotions come and go..on the necks of beautiful, eclectic women I call my "broads in the streets". My clients are as unique as my jewelry, one of a kind beauties that share my nostalgic feelings for old world glamour and cherish the stories within each piece that graces their presence. I make statement jewelry for women who are not shy to boldness and enjoy the conversations that arise within enamored strangers for their beautiful jewels.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to new artists?
Live it, day to day. Breath in your art, completely submerge yourself in your, eat, create.

How do you see yourself evolving in the next 5-10 years?
I plan on attending graduate school to further my studies of traditional Metalsmithing and incorporate forged metal replications of vintage findings into my collection. I want my jewelry to be exhibited in galleries, museums and collected by powerful women across the globe.

What are some of your favorite things?
vintage cowgirl boots, silk scarves and stockings, Bon Iver's "For Emma, Forever Ago", gallery openings and wine tastings, snow days and rosy cheeks, cooking elaborate meals and eating with good friends.

What is your favorite quote?
I'm not much into quotes, but this one is one I have always cherished.."Dreams give wings, dare to soar".

Contest Questions:
1 - Where and when is Broad Street's next showing?
2 - What is your favorite item in Broad Street's shop?
3 - What struck you most in this interview?

Leave a comment with the answers to these questions for a chance to win a special prize from Broad Street's shop. Make sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win.

Winners will be announced here on Thursday, January 22, 2009!


Celeste said...

1 - I wasn't too sure what this question was asking...but she is planning on getting a degree in the next 5-10 years in traditional metal that what this question is asking?

2 - My favorite item is DEFINITELY the Esme necklace!!

3 - I think it is so cool how she deconstructs old jewelry to make new...she really has an eye for how things go together.

I'd love to win and showcase your work to my friends! :D

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zJayne said...

1. Thoroughly read article and her shop information and see no venue coming up except Broad Street's degree plans, which are marvelous.

2. Favorite - Wings of a Sparrow

3. Her desire that powerful women wear her art across the globe. Such a statement she makes with her art, it can happen!