Friday, January 06, 2012
The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is one of our very talented artisan jewelry members, Alexis Gopal!
Alexis Studio Design
We caught up with Alexis and asked her a few questions about her interesting handcrafted artisan jewelry, and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:
- Tell us a little bit about your shoppe. I've been making jewelry as a hobby ever since I was a little girl, when my mom would take me to the huge bead shops in Manhattan, and I would ask for beads and earring hooks and findings, not having a clue what to do with them. I taught myself how to make earrings, bracelets, and necklaces but eventually my hobby had to be put on hold for medical school and a career in medicine, which left little time for leisure. In 2006, after I had stopped practicing to stay home with my two little girls, I resumed making jewelry, and took some courses in metalsmithing, and precious metal clay. That year, I started Alexis Studio Design LLC, when I realized that enough people were asking me where I got my jewelry, so they could buy it. I never developed a particular style or look because I love working in so many different media, so my work includes wirewrapping, polymer clay, fiber jewelry, seed bead embroidery, among others. Recently, I opened a jewelry supply shop LexiBeads to provide jewelry artists and crafters with unique components for their work, since I found I had a hard time finding unique pieces myself.
- What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why? My favorite products are my wire mesh pieces... I love the versatility of wire mesh, and it's so much fun to work with.
- When you're not creating lovely pieces of jewelry, what are your hobbies? My spare time is very limited, and is usually spent on my beautiful girls, but I enjoy reading, oil painting, making lampshades, watching Criminal Minds if I'm lucky enough to get the opportunity.
- What do you like best about The Artisan Group? I adore The Artisan Group... it's like a second family. They're very supportive, very quick to give very helpful advice and come to one's rescue. I feel very fortunate to be a member. It's the only organization that I've ever been a member of that has truly enriched my life professionally and personally.
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