Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Beachcomber Designs Jewelry

 Local artist Lisa Johnson is a seeker of artifacts, small pieces of manmade and natural objects which long ago have been discarded and forgotten.  These treasures unearthed in her wanderings, often on the shore of Lake Ontario, are what inspire Johnson to create jewelry for her business Beachcomber Designs. 

Discovering beauty in a common stone or a weathered piece of beach glass, Johnson is compelled to enhance the object’s simplicity by translating it into an attractive piece of jewelry to be worn and enjoyed.  She forges silver to dress up her earthy finds, or makes a mold of a textured natural object, such as a tiny feather, to create a silver replica.  

Another of Johnson’s passions is to create intricately woven beadwork.  Using ancient off-loom techniques such as peyote stitch and right angle weave, she painstakingly threads hundreds of beads into a finished piece of jewelry.

The Shoe Factory Art Co-op will feature Lisa Johnson’s jewelry for the month of April.  Among her interesting selection of wearable art will be necklaces, bolos, earrings, bracelets, and rings.
The public is invited to meet the Brighton artist on FirstFriday, April 5th from 6-9pm and on Second Saturday, April 13th from 12-4pm.  Additional gallery hours are on Wednesdays from 12-5pm. 
Jewelry by Beachcomber Designs is available for purchase along with a variety of other artwork on display by Shoe Factory House Artists.  Free admission.
Location:  The Shoe Factory Art Co-op, 250 N. Goodman St., Studio 212 (second floor), Rochester, NY 14607. 
Phone: (585)732-0036
Website:  www.shoefactoryarts.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/theshoefactory
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/theshoefactory

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