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[Welcome] New Members for August 22, 2015


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Please welcome our newest members…

Joan North
Stevens Point, WI. USA,

I have always meandered the creative path, carving my initials into
my parents?? headboard (no applause for that one), being kidded for
mixing odd spices, infusing new life into organizations with
entrepreneurial left turns, and sometimes just thinking on a
different plane. I have manipulated words, paints, plants, fiber,
glass, beads, and metal.

Since 2000 I worked with stones, fabric, and glass to create unusual
jewelry, ultimately discovering my love of metal. Torn between hard
and soft, I combine metal smithing with kumihimo braiding and wire
weaving to invent the unexpected. I love contrast in form and
similarity in color. I dream of new designs, smiling in my sleep.

Who am I? Where am I from? What have I done? Born in St. Louis and
raised in waterfront Fairhope, Alabama, my 43-year career as an
administrator in colleges and universities scooted me around the
country?'tuscaloosa, Erie, DC, Davenport, and Stevens Point, WI. As
Dean of the College of Profession al Studies at UW-Stevens Point, I
relished the greatest job of my life for 25 years. Retiring in 2010,
I am now a full-time fine jewelry artist trying to make a business
out of this bubbling passion.

A basket full of degrees (BS, MS, Ph. D.) attests to my love of
being a student. I have learned about art, form and metal from
masters across the country and annually seek out teachers who unlock
new mysteries. Learning new things keeps one humble.

When I can loosen the ties that binds me to the studio, I play
tennis with giddy abandon, deal bridge with my laughing friends,
read a Kindle while I walk the treadmill, bask in a well chosen word
that pops up, and waive an eco-flag over all I do.

Thaoly Duong
Hochiminh, Viet Nam

Jewelry With Loves is committed to bringing you unique and
thoughtful handmade jewelry that will infuse your personal narrative
with more beauty and meaning. Jewelry with loves will therefore come
to you with a history of its own, but you will be the one to make
its future.

Michael Noah Fain
South euclid, Ohio. USA

Beginner silversmith and lapidary artist