Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Get to know: Liz of Liz Kaprow designs

At Beehive, everyone has a story about their creative journey, and sometimes, so does the merchandise. Liz Kaprow's jewelry has decades of history attached to each piece.  It starts with an antique bag which has lived many lives and then goes on to live a few more by being transformed into a gorgeous, wearable accessory. Liz harvests the beads from bags, blends them with semi-precious stones, her beautiful design aesthetic and TONS of patience to create a jewelry line that is eco-friendly and elegant.  Her designs have been a staple at  the Beehive for a number of years, and chances are, if you are a Beehive regular, you own or have gifted one of her pieces. Here's a little about Liz -

What do you design? I make jewelry - mostly earrings and some necklaces - out of antique metal beads that I harvest from hundred year old beaded purses made in France. I combine these antique beads with semi-precious stones.

When did you start?I have been making things all my life and jewelry in some form or another for at least 35 years. I started out doing silversmithing and then when it was relatively inexpensive I did a lot of gold-smithing until the cost got too prohibitive. Before I started working with beads and semi-precious stones I was working with enamels but found it was too hard on my hands.

Is this your full-time gig?
I do this full time as my kids are all grown up and I have the time to really concentrate on perfecting my designs.After years of juggling kids, food, dogs, driving, etc, etc, it is a luxury I really appreciate.

What are you working on now?At present I am working on developing new designs which is the most fun of all. I rely on my visual skills (and manual ones too) to guide me in designing new pieces. The process is essentially a wordless one. I especially enjoy combining different colored gemstones in unusual color combinations.

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