Monday, June 29, 2015
For this month’s Final Friday Art Walk we will feature work by Lawrence artist Jamelle Zablow-Maloney of Bare Roots Jewelry. Please join us at the opening reception for her show at Essential Goods on Friday, June 26th from 5 to 9 pm. Come meet the artist and check out her new work!
About The Artist
I began my work in jewelry when I was young, inspired by my parents who dabbled in gemstone hunting here in the Midwest and in jewelry making when I was in middle and high school. I began creating jewelry to my own interests and to match my wardrobe while in college when I was continuously unable to find pieces that matched my tastes and price range in retail stores. I began making jewelry for retail when others became interested in my designs and encouraged me to do so. Jewelry making is a loved hobby of mine that I would love to have as a full time occupation, but continue to engage in between my work as a mother and teacher.
I see my jewelry as art and spend a lot of time with each piece ensuring that it is unique and hangs or sits right when it is worn. I enjoy working with raw materials like bone and stone, in order to give my pieces an organic, bohemian measure that matches my own style. I work hard to get materials from vendors and individuals that are honest about where and how they were obtained. I am adamant that the bones I use are from animals who died of natural causes and were not poached.
My favorite part about making jewelry for others is customizing it!!! I love surprising customers with my art!