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We welcome you to visit and watch our team as we grow. This is where we post our Team Challenges and ask everyone who comes by our blog to vote whenever they see a Challenge is taking place. The Winners of our Team Challenges will become our Showcased Featured Artist. Check back often, "follow" us, and book mark us for future reference.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Our Featured Artist ~ Jewels1977

"Star Gazing"
Our Featured Artist - Jewels1977 ( Jane Osgood)JODesigns
"Winner, Holiday Swag Challenge Dec. 2008"

  • Jane Osgood comes to us from Nashville, Tenn. Jane is a self taught artisan who loves working with Sterling Silver and gold filled wire. She is a very proficient wire wrapper and metal bender, and she likes to create items ranging from bangles to bridal suites, and pendants to earrings.
    Jane is quite interfaced in the virtual world of the big E. She tweets,* flickrs, and blogs, and has a website in the works. To see her sites, go to her Etsy profile, or to the list below this article, so you can get to “e-know” her as your friend, the artist next door.

Our interview begins now:

Jane, tell us all about yourself and your decision to create jewelry.

My decision to create jewelry came about after I graduated with a Journalism degree and decided much to my father's dismay; I was not interested in a career in Journalism. I drove a lot that summer after graduation and asked myself so many questions. What job would I be happy waking up to everyday?

So you decided to try your hand at jewelry, I noticed by your Etsy profile you have had aspirations for shiny bright objects since your childhood, when you saved up all your money and bought your first Emerald and Diamond chip ring. I supposed this desire has been with you for all of this time?
So tell me, how long have you been creating jewelry?

It has been a long very slow evolution since 2001 but a legitimate business since 2004.

Noting that you have been creating for several years before becoming a business, what is the biggest lesson your art has taught you?

My art has taught me to be true to my own vision. It is easy to get caught up in what others are making; especially when those people seem to be making good money and gaining many fans. But as long as I remain true to myself I continue to gain more confidence in my own unique style.

I couldn’t agree more, Jane. What type of item do you enjoy making the most?

Even though they can be expensive to make, I love making custom bridal pieces. I use coils of sterling silver to make unique shapes and then accent them with super fine gemstones.

For a bride? Tell me more, do you make suites?

I do make all the jewelry. I love working with the same gemstone and creating a different design for each bridesmaid. I work with every budget. I have had weddings where the bride wants to spend $50 per bridesmaid and a couple where the budget was much greater (those only happen once in a blue moon but man are they fun!) : )

Are you inspired? And if so, what inspires you?

I get inspired by anything and everything. Sometimes I like to go look through jewelry books at the library. I can spend hours pouring over jewelry styles from different decades. I also love metal components. Anything chrome always catches my eye.

Jane, many a great artist has been known to keep a log or a journal of their work. Do you keep a journal or log?

I keep a sketchbook journal and sketch everything. The pieces usually turn into something either spot on or completely different during the actual execution.

Have you had any formal training in you field? Or training that has led you to where you are today?

No. I have always felt strongly that being self taught would lead to a very organic unique product.

Jane, I love to ask this question because I always learn so much from it: Is there a basic ‘household’ item you use when creating that seems to work just as good if not better than the actual ‘tool’?

I use glass coke bottles as a way to bend my metal components!
Well to be honest it was a Boylen Diet Black Cherry Soda from 5bucks. I like the shape of that bottle because it is smooth and offers a nice shape when I do not have a mandrel handy.

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

Lately my husband and I have been hosting Rock Band parties. We mix up some margaritas and rock it out with our friends!

Jane, that’s so cool!

Do you believe in goals? If so, what is your next goal?

I am very much into creating goals for myself. My next goal is to get into some larger shows around Nashville. I used some of the money I made this fall to purchase my first white craft tent!

And I believe you will reach that goal (thinking back to that Emerald and Diamond Chip ring in your childhood).

Where do you see yourself and your jewelry in 10 years?

I hope in ten years to be a custom wedding ring designer. I have always liked the idea of a man or a couple coming to me with items (such as paintings, pictures, etc.) that inspire them. I would then like to create a special ring made with precious metals and stones inspired by those items!

This concludes our interview today, with Jane Osgood JODesigns, shop owner of Etsy’s - Jewels1977

Thank you Jane for this wonderful interview! I will always remember Jane because of her blog address as you will see below!

This article courtesy of Carol@ wires'n pliers wiresnpliers.etsy.com

Jane’s locations:

wwwbecomingjane.blogspot.com (there is no period after the www...I know weird...it's because that Jane Austen movie) How’d she do that?

www.flickr.com/photos/janeosgooddesigns (a little snapshot of things to come!)www.janeosgooddesigns.com (a work in progress!)

"I also tweet and you can find me there at:" www.twitter.com/jewels1977

Monday, January 5, 2009

And the Winner is: ...drum roll....

The EJAG Holiday Swag Challenge winner is:
Jewels1977 (Jane Osgood Designs)...
with her "Star Gazing" pendant necklace, created with green amethyst, carnelian, green vesuvianite and rose quartz, wire wrapped with sterling silver.

Hooray for Jane! Her prize is to be a Featured Artist here on our EJAG Blog. Watch for it to come!

Yay, Jane!
Our sincere "Thanks" go to everyone who joined in for this challenge! It was fun and we hope to see more like it in the future! Go eJAG!