Megan Moore, Art at St. Kate’s, 10-5
Allie Hafez, Robbin Gallery Art on the Lawn, 10-5
Wendy Benson, Peter Elvidge, ZagZum ART EXHIBITION + SALE, 9:30am-7:30pm
Minneapolis Convention Center, The Seasons
1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis MN
Susan Gainen, Como Fest Art Fair,
Como Lakeside Pavilion (part of Como Dockside restaurant)
1360 Lexington Parkway N, Saint Paul 55104
Susan Gainen, Diane May, Kim Buell, Rae Ash, Kip Shane, Tara Innmon, Festa Italiana
, Harriet Island, Minneapolis
July 19 and July 26
Susan Gainen, Kathryn Rosebear, Made Here Market
1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis
Starry Night: Jewelry from antique pocket watches and natural stones
In the beginning
At age 11, I decided to take my beading skills public and go into business for myself. I chose the name Starry Night based on my favorite Van Gogh painting at the time.
Changes with time
Over the years my design skills changed and evolved greatly. I tried everything from peyote-stitch pouches and loom weaving to elastic wristbands, and from hand-rolled sculpey beads to hand-lacquered fall leaves. One little problem always nagged me, though… how could I justify creating so many “new” things in a world already overstuffed with them?
After nearly a decade and a half of exploration (and a college hiatus), I found new inspiration and new determination to succeed as a jewelry designer in the area of “green” design. Finally, a way to justify creation: by renewing things that already exist! Equally serendipitous was the connection I discovered between my long-ago chosen business name and my current medium…
I create jewelry from antique pocket watch parts and natural stones using wire-wrapping techniques; many of the watches I use (most dating from the 1860s-1930s) were born in Van Gogh’s era!
Starry Night Beadworks
New ways with metal and stone
These days I spend a whole lot of time in the “office” creating watch-part jewelry and coming up with new designs. Wire-wrapping has been my focus lately, and I enjoy developing complicated new ways to join metal and stone through wrapping alone. It’s important to me not to destroy the integrity of the antique timepieces that I work with by gluing, cutting, or soldering.
When not designing, I’m researching! Behind every pretty (watch)face I want there to be depth and meaning as well. With each piece of jewelry I provide a card that details the meaning of the stone, the materials used, and the date the watch was made (if known).