Interview "All about jewelry"

I asked Karenna to answer on some questions after

1.Last night at Medford library we had a good time, I learned something new about you Karenna and I want you to share the same information with our readers, who couldn't come to our presentation.- Tell us about you, your shop, classes and more

Last year I opened a jewelry gallery and teaching studio in Belmont, MA, Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection. The gallery features many talented local artists that hand make unique and exceptional jewelry. Many artists are up and comers and you will not be able to find their work any where else. Also in the gallery I offer repairs, bridal jewelry and custom design. I can work with any budget and make designs with either fashion or fine jewelry. In the past I have done custom wedding bands, engagement rings, bridesmaids jewelry, recreation of a missing piece, or even dupliating a 1/2 pair of earrings.The jewelry classes range from and intro to metalsmithing class to advanced metalsmithing, or speciality classes where you only learn one technique. I have a great selection of beads and also plenty of metal working tools. I can do small groups, up to 6 people, or personalized classes.

2. I know it wasn't your dream to be a jewelry designer, tell us how you finally became one and not just a regular one
I knew that I wanted to continue to be creative and make jewelry but I wasn't sure to what extent. I knew that I would love to open a gallery and also display other artists works as well. I decided to start making my own jewelry after I thought I came up with an interesting concept and design. From there I signed my self up for shows and from there I was approached by galleries and suddenly it became a full time business. I knew that I had to do something different from other jewelers, by helping to create custom design and trying to make things affordable. Come to me with you budget and we can try to make something special.

3. What materials did you use for your designs, I was seeing horn, leather, glass, how did you choose with what you 'll be working with and in what project- necklaces, bracelets,earrings, fingerings
My designs originated during my senior year at RISD for my thesis project. I began first by deciding to use one shape and see how many different variations I could make. I chose to use a circle as my basic shape and thought that through manipulation and mixing metals I would be able to achieve a distinguished look and feel. I was inspired to mix metals by the Victorian Era and their use of brass, iron and even steel to create jewelry. My idea was to apply the same technique by using any combination of gold, silver, brass, copper, nickel, bronze and even zinc washers to create refreshing and remarkable designs. As a way to push my imagination even further I completed a study with different sized metal link combinations by building models and taking photos of them document compositions. Through this process I gained a better understanding of what arrangements would work best.

My jewelry line began by continuing to use circles and mixing metals because of all the excited and positive feedback that I was receiving for my jewelry designs. By pushing my original designs even further, I created more wearable and affordable jewelry. My Jewelry continues to grow by building and or combining ideas from my existing work and continually exceeding the limits. Recently I have added pearls and leather to the Washer collection, which gives the washers a whole new feel. The exploration of endless possibilities keeps me inspired and motivated.

4.Tell us where did you exhibited your artwork lately and where people can see them except your website and store (please write your web and store address)
Right now in the Boston area I have my work at Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection, 95 Trapelo Rd Belmont, MA 02478, Also at 13 Forest Gallery, 167A Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA 02474. I also do local shows and open studios, like RISD Alumni Sale in Providence, Arlington Open Studios, Jamica Plain open Studio.

5. Future plans and projects
Right now I plan to continue to grow my own work and hopefully have it in more stores in the Boston area. I also want to increase the number of local artists that I have in the store and make it great destination for gifts and custom work. I want to have Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection become a house hold name! I will continue to do shows to promote my work, along with the store and the classes. Continue to check out what next!

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