We met Juliana a couple of years ago when she started taking lessons with us. We’ve seen her work progress to the point of the launch of her jewelry line, Aster & Antics, and we couldn’t be more proud! Learn more about Juliana and her work below.
-When did you first start making jewelry?
I’ve been experimenting with beads, braiding, and knotting techniques for as long as I can remember. Growing up near the water, I would also make a lot of wire wrapped seaglass into pendants and earrings for myself and as gifts, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I got into metalwork.
-What class(es) have you taken at Liloveve?
I’ve taken Intro to Silver, Wax Carving I, Flush Setting, Bezel Setting, and a few one day workshops.
-Where do you draw your inspiration when designing your work?
Much of my inspiration comes from the natural beauty of the earth and sea. I like taking an element that occurs naturally and re-imagining it into a design that’s new and unique, but that still maintains an obvious nod to nature. I’m also inspired by memories and past experiences, taking something so personal and turning it into something that other people can create their own meanings for.
-Where do you exhibit / sell your work?
I just launched my website and first complete collection! www.asterandantics.com
-Have you been featured in any press?
Not yet! 😉
-What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?
Favorite is hard, but a piece that’s close to my heart is my Barnacle Cluster Ring, which was the first piece I ever made in wax. I got so many compliments on it from people that I decided to refine it a bit and turned it into an extended group of designs in my collection.
-If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I’ve always wanted to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef!
-If you could collaborate with another designer/artist, who would it be and why?
I would love to collaborate with someone like the artist Aurel Schmidt- she makes kind of dark, super intricate work that gets you thinking and errs on the bizarre. Also, the late MC Escher- I think the fluid, interconnected, maze-like patterns of his work would translate beautifully to jewelry.
-What’s the most fun aspect of being a jewelry designer?
Definitely being able to take the jumble of thoughts and ideas in my head and turn them into tangible, wearable pieces of art.