The primary time I met jewellery artist Susan Lenart was in a chilly connections workshop at an artwork retreat. Her class blew my thoughts. She taught us to infuse discovered objects, wire, hand instruments, and different jewelry-making bits and items with kinetic power – however to take care of them with intense focus and talent. It was like a journey all of us went on collectively, with Susan as our information.
Jewellery Artist Podcast
Along with being an completed artist and jeweler, Susan can also be an writer, teacher, and professional at product growth. On this episode of Jewellery Artist podcast, Susan and I discuss her metalsmithing way of life and the way listening to her creative voice is the important thing to her success.
Approaching the Bench
Susan spent a few years creating industrial product strains and has lately centered on rediscovering her voice as a jewellery artist. The place she was previously looking for methods to precise herself by merchandise that will be most commercially profitable, she now finds that individuals are drawn to the jewellery that she infuses along with her spirit. She combines gems and different significant objects with silversmithing to create jewellery that feels without delay historic and trendy.
For her completed jewellery line, Jewels of the Nomad, Susan says that she took inspiration from her research of historic adornment, “What fascinated me most had been magical jewellery items known as talismans, amulets and prayer containers. They had been private items of decoration constructed with particular vibrations. Talismans unfold their magic by visually representing a phrase or an object that makes you’re feeling a selected emotion. Talismans are constructed to convey us pleasure, happiness, and safety from evil.”
Bangles and Gem stones
After we recorded the Jewellery Artist podcast, Susan’s signature stack of bangles was chiming all through our dialog. I commented that I get pleasure from a jingly stack of bangles and we talked concerning the totally different ways in which jewellery will be musical. Susan says, “I really like a luscious, beautiful giant stack of bangle bracelets on my wrists that I can really feel with all of my senses all through my day as they chime as a singing bowl with my motion.”
Along with druzy, turquoise, and bone, Susan favors rose-cut gems which might be hand-cut and ethically sourced in India. She loves their natural shapes and enjoys incorporating gemstone colours and attributes into her jewellery. She says, “By way of my travels, I started to see a standard thread. I collected magical items created of metallic, stone, gems, marks, icons and symbolism to guard from evil and to convey abundance, love, and prosperity.” She imbues all of her work with intention.
Jewellery Artist Journeys
Susan took her classroom to cities throughout the US for a few years, Now, she takes her college students to different international locations for soulful exploration and jewellery making. Touring has closely influenced her personal creations and she or he loves sharing this expertise with open-minded makers and jewellery artists. They carry fundamental Nomadic Metalsmithing software kits to Morocco, India, and Mexico, the place they tour the realm after which take part in a multi-day intensive workshop.
Her present touring workshop collection is entitled Sacred Devotional Talisman. Susan says, “All through historical past, talismans and prayer containers have been worn purposely and used to reinforce and produce the qualities, prayers or particular intentions embedded in these containers to fruition.” She additionally teaches an Intentional Metalsmithing mentored e-course for college students who’re searching for a web based expertise.
Prior to now few years, Susan’s Nomadic Jewellery has appeared on the runways of Milan’s trend week and within the pages of Vogue and Elle. Susan enjoys creating outsized works primarily based on her analysis of historic and cultural adornment. She combines metalsmithing strategies with intentions, prayers, and talismans to supply a way of deep which means and sacred relevance to those dramatic equipment.
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All the very best,
Katie Hacker, host of Jewellery Artist podcast