Hi! My name is April and I’m the new team member at Danaca Design. Not only will you find me in the store on Saturdays but I will also be contributing to this blog.
I have been making jewelry since 2011 and am the current treasurer of the Seattle Metals Guild. Currently finishing my BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington, I have been concentrating on ceramic sculpture and am looking forward to graduating in June.
Here is just a little info about me:
How did I get into making jewelry?
When I returned to school in 2009 I was planning on majoring in engineering. Along the way I needed an art elective and took a class in jewelry design. I didn’t even realize that the class was about jewelry fabrication I just thought it looked fun. After that one class I decided to change to an art major and haven’t looked back since.
Why I work in a variety of mediums?
I like to use different mediums because I can use the best material for what I am trying to create. I started using ceramics at the UW in order to make large scale sculptures. I don’t enjoy sculpting large items out of metal; I prefer it on the jewelry scale! My ceramic sculptures are hand built and it is nice to just build with your bare hands. Lately I have been doing some monoprinting and I am taking a book arts class this winter which has been a lot of fun.
What do I like to do when I am not making art?
Being a full time student I don’t get much free time but the little I have is spent with my family. My kids enjoy it when I play Minecraft with them and I like to knit. So I guess I can’t get away from making things, even virtually.
I am excited to be working at Danaca Design. Come say hi to me on Saturdays where I would be happy to help you pick out a piece of jewelry, find the perfect class to take, or pick up some jewelry making supplies.
Time flies when you’re having fun and my how it has flown. Friday, December 5th I’m astounded (and excited) to be celebrating our 11th year in this great old building on University Avenue. What an adventure it’s been!
I the rented the space in July 2003, ran my first class in October and finally opened the gallery in December with a grand opening event. I remember that evening clearly, everyone asking, “where’s your jewelry work?” I had almost nothing on the shelves in the gallery but I looked around and indicated with my hands held out that this, the studio, was my work for the year! Today I’m happy to announce I have a quite a few pieces in the gallery, as well as a lovely studio:-).
Some years ago it became tradition to host the Student-Teacher Exhibition during the month of December and to schedule the opening reception to coincide with our anniversary party. This is a wonderful event with friends and family of students, teachers and the studio crew. It is a night not to be missed if possible!
This year we have an incredible selection of fine jewelry made by students, many of whom are sharing and selling their work for the first time. And, although we are lucky enough to carry the work of quite a few of our teachers in the gallery on a regular basis, during this exhibition we have the opportunity to see some very special pieces. It is a great opportunity to support terrific teachers and superb students and pick up a one-of-a kind-piece of jewelry for yourself or someone you love.
Our event Friday night is 6:00pm – 9:30pm. Hope you can make it! If not, make an effort to swing by the gallery during regular business hours to see the show and pick-up something truly exceptional. The gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 11-6 and Saturdays 10-6.
For more info about the studio go to www.danacadesign.com
Plique a Jour is an amazing and challenging enameling technique. Like cloisonné enamel it relies on making sections of enamel using thin silver or copper wire. Plique a Jour however has the added complication of having no back, allowing you to see through the enamel, no wonder Plique a Jour means Letting in daylight in french! The technique is beautiful in its affect but challenging in the process. It take lots of time and has a high failure rate.
Fortunately for us starting in September Nanz Aalund will be teaching a class that uses colored resin and epoxy to achieve an effect very much like Plique a Jour!
Plique a Jour Epoxy
Instructor: Nanz Aalund
September 8, 15, 22, 29, 4 Monday nights, 6:30 – 9:30
Class Fee: $265 | Material fee: $25 payable to instructor
Learn the secrets of creating open bezels for resin in multiple geometric, organic, and freeform shapes. In this intermediate level workshop a variety of tools and techniques to maximize the potential of epoxy resin will be demonstrated and explored. *Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours. Independent soldering skills required.
Nanz Aalund has taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington under Mary Lee Hu and at the Art Institute in Seattle. She has served as a fine jewelry designer and consultant for Nordstrom, Rudolf Erdel, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co. and as the associate editor for Art Jewelry Magazine. Some of Aalund’s many professional jewelry design awards include: 2009 Jewelry Arts Awards, an AGTA Spectrum Award, two Platinum Guild International Awards, and two DeBeers Diamond’s Today Awards.
If you’d like to sign up for this class give us a call at 206-524-0916.
We’re here 11-6 Tuesday-Friday and 10-6 on Saturday.
You can get more information on classes and what we do over at our website www.danacadesign.com