Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pretty Things Spotlight: Elizabeth Rosas

I love the raw elegance of the jewelry created by Elizabeth Rosas.

She creates each piece by hand, shaping metal into one of kind simple pieces that perfectly depict the complicated nature of its

"...nothing I make is intended t
o be perfect."

Lost in the intrinsic beauty of each piece, you feel as if you can almost smell the fragrance of each flower and stroke each petal. You want to touch and feel the natural simplicity and feel the metal against your

Spotlight: Elizabeth Rosas

*Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Elizabeth Rosas, I currently live in San Francisco, but I am a traveling silversmith. I take my torch, a box of silver and small jewelry tools and sets up my studio where ever I can. My studios range from a garage in Florida to a basement in San Francisco and a small room in Brooklyn. I am a full time artist, a part-time teaching artist and a lifetime student. Several years ago, amidst a stunning home and in the amazing city of Chicago I realized the trappings of a ‘normal’ life were not for me. The time had come to shed away all that was supposed to bring me happiness. I knew I was an artist— I had begun my study and work as a silversmith in Mexico a few years before, but the journey to “myself” and to the art still lay ahead. I sold everything that I owned; so many beautiful things —
got it down to the minimum and thus began my movable lifestyle and first honest attempt at a simpler way of existing. It was during this time that my art began to take on a very specific look. It became very natural and understated—it began to mirror my life.

*What inspires you?
The modern use and trust of the natural form—the idea that nothing is perfect and that all things are changeable; the acceptance of the imperfect as true perfection…this is, in part, the strength of my work. Beautiful and simple— this is what I hope people feel when they connect to my work. and 70’s music and depressing love songs are my muse when making jewelry. I look at a piece of metal and I ask myself, “What can I make out of this”? I never draw my ideas, I just move metal shapes around then hammer, shape, texture, sand, and solder.

*Apart from creating beautiful things, what do you do for fun?
I like to go on discovery walks, even thou
gh I moved to San Francisco in 1997 and have lived here on and off since then, there is still so much to discover. I love to admire and photograph the architecture, and the street art.

*Any advice for fellow artists...

It’s O.K. to compare yourself to others but never stop creating because you think you’re not as good.
Basically, be patient and kind to yourself .

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MountainEagleCrafter said...

I hadn't run across this fellow Etsy seller before.

What beautiful things!


SmuTopia said...

This etsy seller was already one of my favorite shops and I really loved seeing this feature!

MORGAN said...

Gorgeous silver jewelry-- and new to me, too.

Elizabeth & Shannon said...

Hi--thanks :)