Monday, May 24, 2010

Stunning vintage jewelry by Michelle McCormick

I am thrilled to bring you my second artist profile! An artist not in the traditional sense, as in someone who draws or paints, but an artisan who produces the most beautiful jewelry. Like me, Michelle is an interior designer, and we worked together for a few years at Callison, an architectural company in downtown Seattle, designing Nordstrom stores in the US. Then Michelle found her true calling, and has never looked back since!
Michelle designs one-of-a-kind jewelry from found objects, sparkly things, estate sale vintage finds and anything else that has character and tells a story. Her aesthetic is vintage ranging from Steampunk to Organic and Floral in style. All of the pieces have a refined design sensibility, combined with the wonderful patina of time. Nature and everyday objects are a constant source of inspiration, especially when viewed with fresh eyes. She find inspiration everywhere and is always on the hunt for new materials and treasures. She loves the qualities of old worn wood, flowers, rhinestones past their prime, peeling painted metal, rosaries, keys, watch gears and tin type photographs. In her words "The patina of time creates a mystery and the beauty often times lies in the imperfection". Michelle's passion is to look for the unexpected beauty and charm in everyday objects and to re-purpose that into wearable jewelry for people like you and me to love.
Michelle lives on a farm in the great Pacific Northwest. For those of you not familiar with it, the northwest it is one of the most spectacular places in the US. Gorgeous snow covered mountains, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, pristine coastlines, fabulous weather and the friendliest people make it a great place to live and work. Here is some of the beautiful jewelry that comes out of Michelle's imagination and workshop! If you are interested in buying any of her jewelry, shop here!

Thank you Michelle, for allowing me the privilege of showing your work!

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