I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely writer and art enthusiast, Charlie Broderick, at the Uptown Art Fair last month. We began a correspondence about art, books, and inspiration. Her latest blog post features my work and one of my favorite authors, Joseph Campbell. Check it out here at her blog, thatgirlwhoreadsbooks.com. Thanks, Charlie!
Jewelry Artist Susan Elnora Wins the 2012 Halstead Grant
Susan Elnora is the winner of this year’s Halstead
Grant. This is the 7th annual grant competition for new jewelry entrepreneurs
sponsored by Halstead Bead, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis jewelry designer Susan Elnora
Frerichs is the winner of the 7th annual Halstead Grant for new silver jewelry entrepreneurs.
Frerichs, under the studio name Susan
Elnora, will receive $6,000 in start-up cash and jewelry
supplies to build her business.
“I’m thrilled! I am so incredibly honored and excited to
have been selected,” commented Frerichs.
The Susan Elnora collection of urban rustic silver jewelry
includes designs inspired by American settings, flora and fauna. Notable pieces
use linear perspective in layered landscape necklaces featuring scenery,
telephone poles and railroad tracks. Other designs feature hand fabricated moving
parts or detachable design enhancements. The line is anchored by artistic
statement pieces but also includes many options for everyday wear.
“Susan Elnora jewelry boasts a level of originality rarely
encountered in a trade that spans many ages in history,” said Hilary Scott, a
Frerichs was introduced to metalsmithing as an undergraduate
in Studio Art at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Following the
advice of her employer and mentor, renowned mokume gane artist George Sawyer,
she then attended Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. After four
years of apprenticing with master goldsmith Stephen Vincent in Minneapolis,
Susan launched her own studio. Her exploration of a fading American mythology is
a continuing source of inspiration.
Susan Elnora designs can be found at quality jewelry
galleries across the country as well as online at Artful Home and ARTprojectA.
Retail prices for sterling silver jewelry items range from $75 to $1800.
The Halstead Grant is awarded to a new silver jewelry artist
each summer. The program provides business development funds, supplies and
exposure to up and coming designers in the industry. Candidates must submit a
portfolio as well as a lengthy application packet including details on business
planning and strategy. The grant is sponsored by silver jewelry supply
wholesaler Halstead Bead, Inc.
Susan Elnora joins a roster of talented Halstead Grant
recipients with successful careers in independent jewelry design. For more
information on the grant program including past winners, eligibility
requirements and application details visit The Halstead Grant
You can now find my work at one of my favorite shops in Minneapolis, i like you! Filled with wonderful things by local artists and craftspeople, and owned/operated by such sweet and lovely ladies -- it is always a treat to visit.
I am excited to have been selected as a collaborating artist with ARTprojectA, a curated selection of affordable contemporary art! This beautiful and easy-to-navigate website has just launched, and I encourage everyone to check it out:
"At ARTprojectA our goal is simple: to present you with a dynamic selection of outstanding art at affordable prices, and of excellent value. We use our experience, resources and curating knowledge as a screening filter in our search for art. We’ve done our homework so that you don’t have to."
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Studio 435 will be having a sale for February's First Thursday in the NE Arts District! All silver jewelry in my collection will be 20% off. Betty Jager and Britta Kauppilla will also be offering this discount, as well as Emily Johnson down the hall in #436. We are also excited to welcome our new studio mate, Katie Sisum, who will be giving 10% off her lovely stained glass boxes.
The sale will be one night only -- February 2nd, from 5 to 9 p.m. Chocolate and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!
I am drawn to imagery that reflects a connection to spirit, awareness, curiosity, and playfulness. I'm interested in exploring the idea that jewelry can fulfill roles beyond that of adornment; it also acts as a visual and tactile manifestation of memories, dreams, and intentions. Jewelry can become a powerful symbol of personal mythos, as well as a reminder to cultivate presence and openness. My work, while often stirring unique individual associations, also tends to point to our essential connectedness and a certain shared experience of the world.