Driving America's Art Scene - Hunterdon County, NJ USA

Fernekes

Fernekes

Sheila Fernekes

Sheila Fernekes

Jewelry

Sheila will be offering virtual tours of her studio via Zoom by appointment only on Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2.

To schedule a time to meet with her virtually, please contact her at sheila@sheilafernekesdesign.com or 908-391-5568.

I often compare creating my art jewelry to composing music. One by one, I weave small glass beads into color and texture compositions of rhythmic patterns and harmonic progressions that interplay with hand formed polymer, semi-precious gemstones and non-traditional materials. I like pushing the boundaries of this ancient technique to explore variations that elevate my work beyond adornment to wearable art. My unique expression engages the wearer in a dialog that enriches both our lives.

The clean lines and efficient design of the Bauhaus art movement is particularly inspiring to me. Its visionary approach to experimentation and evolution of ideas reinforces its premise that good design has the potential to build a new world. I try to emulate this sense of exploration and curiosity in every piece I create, with attention to detail and meticulous craftsmanship.

Mundy

Mundy

Christine Mundy

Christine Mundy

Jewelry

31 8th Street, Frenchtown, NJ 08825

Christine’s studio will be open on Saturday, May 1 from 11 AM to 5 PM & Sunday, May 2 from 12 PM to 5 PM.

As a child, I was often seen walking around, with my head down. “In a fog,” as my mother put it. I was searching for things, interesting things. Much later I learned these things were called “found objects” by artists. These days I tend to search in flea markets and at rummage sales. Some of my finds have developed into collections, such as old photographs, religious souvenirs, old buttons, old bottles, seashells, interesting stones. My collections don’t tend to have any value, they might even be considered junk by some people. But, they are things that I personally find interesting.

I believe my interest in these objects have a direct correlation to my design sensibilities. I prefer things that look old and worn to the shiny and new. I delight in the bizarre and quirky. These things surround me in my studio and inspire me. I don’t really have a sketchbook for ideas. A regular part of my process is to lay out objects and materials that I would like to include in my work.