The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week’s Artist Spotlight Feature is Angie Howard of Angie’s Jewelry Design!
ANGIE’S JEWELRY DESIGN
We caught up with Angie and asked her a few questions about her beautiful handcrafted jewelry line, and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here’s what she said:
Tell us a little bit about your shoppe.
Angie’s Jewelry Design was born in
Inspired by the gemstones I saw in
It all came full circle when my son began teaching at a Chinese university in
What is your favorite product from your shoppe and why?
My favorite piece is a necklace I made from Owyhee Jasper with fused and forged links of Argentium Sterling Silver. I don’t often name my pieces, but this one I call “
Here’s the story behind the stone: Many “Owyhees” sailed to the American Northwest coast and found employment along the Columbia, where they joined trapping expeditions or worked at some of the fur trade posts. In 1819, three Owyhees joined Donald Mackenzie’s Snake expedition, which went out annually into the Snake country for the North West Company, a Montreal-based organization of Canadian fur traders. The three Hawaiians left the main party during the winter of 1819-20 to explore the then unknown terrain of what since has been called the Owyhee River and mountains and disappeared. They were presumed dead and no further information regarding their whereabouts has ever been found. In memory of these Native Hawaiians, British fur trappers started to call the region “Owyhee” and the name stuck.
When you’re not handcrafting such gorgeous jewelry, what are your hobbies?
When not cutting stones or exploring new ways to showcase them in my jewelry, I spend time with my husband Jim and our son Alex. We live in
What do you like best about The Artisan Group?
It’s an honor to be part of The Artisan Group. TAG put me right in the middle of an inspiring and collaborative group of artists and professionals. I’ve found a level of support and motivation here that is remarkable and has changed the way I look at my work and my business. The extraordinary ability our leader, Valerie Guerrero, has in providing opportunities for us to showcase our products to celebrities and media is the foundation of TAG and can be found nowhere else. In just a year Angie’s Jewelry Design has been involved in (GBK’s) MTV Movie Awards, Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and the Oscars. On top of that I’ve gifted Amy Poeler, Tyra Banks, Jordin Sparks and the costume stylist for HBO’s True Blood.TAG’s Facebook page is always open on my laptop. The group shares so much support, knowledge and motivation that I don’t want to miss any of it!
Angie recently participated as a display participant in a luxury celebrity gift lounge on September 21-22, 2012 at The W Hotel in Hollywood California, in honor of the The 2012 Primetime Emmys Nominees and Presenters.