Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Experimental Jewelry: HELMITARHA

I love experimental and unconventional jewelry! I've started a series in which I'm featuring jewelry artists who work with unconventional materials and techniques, and who see a ring or a pendant as a canvas to express their art and creativity.

I've recently come across Jana's work on Etsy and I immediately fell in love... The way she creates wonderful, intricate designs reminiscent of Art Nouveau paintings or mysterous oriental carpets using bead embroidery fascinates me beyond words. Jana is a talented Latvian jewelry designer based in Finland, and she works under her own brand Helmitarha -- a fascinating name that means "bead garden".
Jana's pieces start from focal pieces -beautiful stones, shiny crystals, interesting cabochons or vintage buttons- around which she works to create her amazing designs. The Nordic love for clear lines and brightness is evident even in Jana's most intricate and colorful designs, creating a very personal and unique style combining elements of her native culture and her own dreamy visions -- a Nordic trip to Oriental worlds!
You can find Jana's wonderful creations in her Etsy shop Helmitarha, and you can get to know more about her inspiration and her "secret garden" in her lovely blog.

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