Support Your Local Artists!

5 Aug

Transitions Jewelry Designs     Rocklen Designs

Kathleen Barris, creator of Transitions Jewelry Designs, designs and creates one of a kind jewelry with the intention of providing people with a “go to piece” or a frequently worn “statement piece” rather than one you save in a box for a special occasion.

 Of her many inspirations, Kathleen is especially drawn to natural stones with unusual shapes or an interesting story. By pairing these with classic materials and techniques she is able to create original designs with a contemporary edge.  Kathleen’s love for the rich yet subtle textures and patterns often seen in nature is extremely evident in her artwork. Most importantly, Kathleen is inspired by her grandchildren and claims “there is nothing as inspiring as seeing the world through their eyes!”

Kathleen is currently working on very sculptural pieces, including spiculum and Mobius – forms from the distant past – to which she gives a contemporary twist.

Recently, she and her husband (also business partner), started learning Lapidary. They have even begun to set up their own Lapidary studio in order to cut their own stones, allowing for great flexibility in the design process. Look out for these pieces to begin to making appearances in upcoming shows!

Melissa Rocklen of Rocklen Designs creates jewelry and mobiles using metal, glass, stone, and paper clay entirely by hand – meaning she does all the forming, hammering, wire-wrapping, sculpting, sanding, and finishing.   Her jewelry is sterling silver, with copper and bead accents. Her mobiles are made using steel, copper, paper clay and glass and incorporate her handmade birds which she sculpts and sands individually, giving each one a unique personality.

Melissa’s inspiration has changed over time.  While her jewelry making began after returning home from studying mask-making in Mexico, Ghana, Mali, and Indonesia where the images in her head were inspired by the shapes and designs she had seen in her travels, she is now most inspired by seeing people smile.

The creation of Melissa’s Birds & Beads Mobiles began in the middle of an extra-long winter, when the cold darkness was making people a bit more tired and sad.  The birds, with their movement and whimsy, seemed to cheer people up.  Since then, she has been working on making jewelry and mobiles that have a playful effect.

Melissa began making art when she was very young – drawing inspiration from her mother who was a print maker. As she grew older, she also focused on drawing, painting, and printmaking.  It was only after studying mask-making in other countries and seeing how people used and wore art in their everyday lives that she realized she wanted to make functional art.

“I love seeing people wear and enjoy the things I make.  Making art provides balance for me.”

You will find both Kathleen and Melissa at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd at the new New England Tech Campus! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support your local artists and enjoy a fun-filled day of art, entertainment and merriment!

And don’t forget to put the Festival Fete Holiday Market on your calendar for December 1st and 2nd at the Garden City Center! It will be here before you know it!

 
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