Thursday, September 11, 2014

Artist Spotlight : Alisa Winston

Alisa Winston creates jewelry that seems effortlessly glamorous.  But we know that behind this stunningly simple jewelry are stones of the highest quality and exquisite artistry.  A customer favorite at our trunk shows, we wanted to get to know Alisa- who we found to be passionately devoted to her work.  Well, just look at her shirt!

Q. Where do you find the inspiration for your collections?

A. I am always driven to construct new and innovative pieces. I travel extensively in search of inspiration. From discovering rare beads in Africa to unearthing unique findings at a bazaar in Morocco.  My raw materials range from semi-precious gems, Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian and pearls to native fair trade stones. I never lose sight of comfort and durability. I find the perfect balance of beauty and everyday wearability.

Q. What is the most important element of jewelry design?

A. Since my first teenage experimentations to current Trunk Shows at distinguished Museums, my goals regarding jewelry design have remained the same. I highlight each client’s unique beauty with beautifully unexpected creations, balancing classic sophistication with striking freshness. I utilize an eclectic blend of beads and stones that utilize colors and textures in a unique and visually appealing manner. I only use the highest quality materials to create wearable art that is comfortable, beautiful and durable. My designs are created to stand the test of time.

Q. Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled to source stones for your designs?

A. Many of my materials have been sourced during my travels abroad. The fair trade beads, semi-precious gems, stones and pearls derive from a variety of foreign locale including Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South America. I have been fortunate to travel and have enjoyed sourcing stones at many of the countries that I visit. My favorite place is Naples, Italy because the gems are visually appealing and the fine craftsmanship utilized by the artists there.

Q. If you could take the time to learn one new skill, what would it be?

A. I would like to learn more about the cultures and languages of the people that I meet during my travels. Beads have a history and their stories vary based on the location where they are sourced. Beads have opened a global world for me.

Q. Who are your favorite artists?

A. I have always had a passion for art. Prior to creating my first pieces of wearable art, I cemented my artistic voice and vision by painting and sculpturing. I have been a member of The Art Institute of Chicago and the reciprocal Museums, for many years. I enjoy visiting The Art Institute and seeing the works of some of my favorite artists such as: Monet, Picasso, Chagall and Jackson Pollock.

Thank you Alisa!  Shop these carnelian beauties here, new for Fall!

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