I was first introduced to Jewelry by Jackie in December 2009. We were both vendors at a local art show and although I am partial to Crystal Allure Jewelry (which shouldn't come as a surprise!), I was immediately drawn to Jackie's collection of fine wire jewelry. I am a beader, make no mistake, but I have also done some wire wrapping. I absolutely love wire wrapping and think it lends a special uniqueness to jewelry design, which is why Jackie's jewelry caught my eye. I especially love the leaf work, which can be seen in the featured earrings on the right. Here is what Jackie's had to say about them:
The Kathy Iolite earrings are one of my favorite new designs. I originally designed them as a birthday gift for one of my best friends. The earrings were such a hit, I decided to post them on my website for sale and name them after her!
As I talked more with Jackie, at the show, I learned she handcrafts each leaf, earwire and head pin using sterling silver wire. Every piece is truly unique and can never be duplicated. Jackie's jewelry has a distinctive look to it, very delicate and modern. My personal fav is the Sterling Silver Leaf Sprig Necklace.
After learning about her unique designs, I wanted to know more about the designer, Jackie Baxter. Here is what she had to say:
I have always been a creative person. My philosophy has been that if I can make it or do it myself, I will. That is why I think I decided to pursue an artistic passion such as jewelry making. I attended SUNY Brockport and majored in Studio Art, concentrating in Jewelry Design. Before that, I would dabble with things found at my local craft store to make interesting jewelry designs. I have been making jewelry for over 10 years now. I love to design unique jewelry for myself to wear, and after enough complements and encouragement from family, friends and just acquaintances, I decided to sell my creations.
She went on to say: One of the things I like the most about designing jewelry is that I can create a completely personal piece of art for a very special individual and they can wear that piece of art. Whether the piece is for a family member, a best friend, or is a sale on my website, I make each piece with the highest quality and intimate attention to detail.
Today, I am very happy to announce that Jackie Baxter of Jewelry by Jackie has personally made a pair of her Tracy Iolite Earrings just for you! (shown at left) To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment below (feel free to list the item you love best from her online store).
The giveaway closes at 8:00am EST on Tuesday February 23, 2010. The winner will be chosen using random.org and the winner will be announced in a blog post. Feel free to follow Behind the Designs Studio Blog or sign up by email so that you are sure to receive notification of the winner. It just might be you! Good luck!
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