February 21, 2011

Studio Contest – Vote for your favorite jewelry design studio

Once you catch the jewelry design bug, your life is never quite the same. Your brain is constantly designing, your hands constantly wire wrapping, and what little extra space you have is overrun with beads, jewelry supplies, and tools. Becoming a jewelry designer is a fabulous transformation that I welcomed into my life with open arms. And, from the looks of our 15 photo entries, you have too!

And, boy, do some of our entries got it bad. One creates in her favorite recliner, another out of a duffle bag on the go, a third at her dining room table (taking her meals elsewhere), and another alongside her bunny named Bean. I love it! Thanks so much to all the jewelry designers who shared your spaces. I really enjoyed getting a peek into your very diverse designing lives.

After looking through all the photos, vote on your favorite space by leaving a comment. When casting your vote remember to include the name of the person whose studio you like best. And, to thank you for your vote, we’re entering you into a GIVEAWAY. Two lucky voters will be randomly selected to win either the She’s Sew Crafty Necklace or the Snow Berry Earrings.

Voting ends on Sunday, Feb. 27th and all winners will be announced on Monday, Feb. 28th, 2011. Good luck everyone!

Snow Berry Earrings


She's Sew Crafty

(click on the link below to see studio photos)


Yolanda
I love my studio because its is a boudoir when I want to feel fancy, but in reality it’s just a room of my own.
This is where I read my mags, have coffee in the morning, practice yoga, and most importantly – where I design my jewelry.


Yolanda


Tracy
I love my work space because I am completely surrounded by my beads, findings, and jewelry ideas. I just reorganized for the millionth time. A cork board to help me get inspired with photos of different styles, a table on either side of me, one holds my organizing pull out drawer which are labeled for quick find and the other table holds all of my bead organizers. A floor pull out drawer organizer keeps receipts and leather, suede, and cord.


Tracy


Patty
What I like most about my work space is that everything is within reach. I created two work stations, one for beading and the other for metalwork, soldering and stamping. This way, when I’m hammering, my beads on my work area don’t dance off the table. Another favorite part about my office, is the amount of light I get through the windows…it’s inspiring.


Patty


Molly
What I love about my creative space is the affordable simplicity and easy accessibility. And my cat, Pumpkin keeps me company. We both enjoy looking out the window and seeing people and birds and . . .


Miki
Here’s my little spot in the world…..
This is where me and Bean, my pet rabbit, spend a lot of time together. I like leaving up the holiday lights and having flowers all the time for inspiration.


Miki


Linda
My husband lost his job. We had to move, suddenly, from one month to the next. It was hard to find something that fast, something that fit at a price we could afford. So, imagine how blessed I felt when we found a great house that had an entire TWO CAR GARAGE SPACE CONVERTED TO A WORKSPACE! Talk about turning lemons into lemonade!

It feels right. The mojo is good. It flows. I have the blessings of the ghosts of former artsy types residents. It was lovingly created by a stained glass artist. This is the first time I’ve been able to have everything in one place. I’ve arranged it with two “hot” stations: one for working with my kiln and another for working with actual flames shooting out of the ends of things and FIRE. I follow the logical progression around the room from the beginnings of ideas through production to the shipping station. My productivity has SKYROCKETED. I feel like the luckiest person in the world!


Linda


Laurie
When I am not working, I keep everything covered with a thick bathroom towel. It keeps things from tarnishing, dust from gathering and little hands from touching. Since I’ve been designing for roughly 8 years now, my kids know not to bother any of my things…but you just never know about friends who stop by. Thankfully no one has ever lifted the towel to peek at what’s going on underneath. Jack-Jack was a puppy when I took this photo and would sleep on my work table.


Laurie


Lauren
I am still in the process of getting organized (been working on it for years)! I get my inspiration from standing in the center of my studio and looking at the things hanging on the peg boards (that my husband so sweetly hung up for me). I am one of those people who needs to SEE all their stuff. When I put it away in drawers then I forget I have it!


Lauren


Laura
Here’s my workspace. It’s a giant 75 pound duffle bag! It’s filled with goodies from my favorite companies like Blue Buddha, Rio and Nina Designs! It may look messy but I know exactly what’s in there and where it is! I have tiny boxes filled with tiny beads and shiny things. It’s the BEST workspace I could ever want and it’s mobile! I can bead any place inspiration strikes!


Jennifer
I share my work space with the dining room table. It’s convenient sometimes, but I can’t really leave it messy for too long because we also eat there (sometimes)! Someday I hope to have a nice big work space that I can leave however I want, and whenever I want to do with it.


Jeanette
I am a goldsmith and stonesetter working out of Oslo, Norway. This is my jewelry work space. I spend a lot of time here.


Francine
My space fits around me in a little niche in one of our rooms upstairs. It’s calm and sunny. My dogs come in when I am working and lay at my feet. I do chainmaille and bead jewelry.


Francine


Elizabeth
My ‘Space’ on a Saturday morn.. love spreading out & creating. The photo below is a night time view of the jewelry making. Small little world but it works.


Elizabeth


Catherine
My workspace for jewelry making, mostly chainmaille, is my chair in the family room with a lap tray! hee hee
I keep a tote, basket and bin handy to keep my stuff handy.


Brandy
I love my studio because it is a room all to me and I can have all my beads and findings at my fingertips. I can make messes and not clean them up until they start to drive me crazy. But, most of all, it is my space to create and that is what I do.


Brandy


Amy
My space is small so I have worked hard to maximize my storage and work area. I try to keep my beads and findings easily accessible and all of my tools within arms reach of my work table.


Amy


Alicia
I love my space because the morning sun shines through the large window and lights up the sparkly danglys I made with cast off lampwork beads. I have a beautiful view of the mountains and am surrounded by all of my stuff. Every day I walk by my room and sigh with happiness. This is no exaggeration. I feel inspired, alive, happy, and independent. I do not share my space with anyone except my cat and occasionally my son (when he wants to watch Thomas on my laptop). I am at my happiest in this room.


Alicia

Now that you’ve toured all these beautiful studios, you can vote on your favorite by leaving a comment. As I mentioned earlier all voters will be entered into our Giveaways. All winners will be announced Feb. 28th, so check back then.

  • betsy

    molly

  • I like the feel of Amy’s studio. Everything is organized and in it’s place..it feels peaceful yet creative!

  • Marianne Bornhoft

    I love Molly. Great Space.

  • camy

    MOLLY AND YOU KNOW WHY

  • Tess

    GO MOLLY!