Show Your Studio: lemonade handmade

25 March, 2011 0 comments Leave a comment

We love that Marja, the hand behind lemonade handmade jewelry, keeps it so simple and down-to-earth. Marja's jewelry balances brightness with simplicity and is made from recycled gold and silver metals with eco-friendly processes. The most amazing thing is...all the magic happens in her very own home studio! what do you create? [caption id="attachment_1875" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Jewelry in progress...by some beautiful sketches"][/caption] I make modern, eco-friendly metal jewelry.  I use environmentally sensitive metalsmithing practices and largely recycled metals to create streamlined designs.  I used to be a research psychologist, but now I spend my days playing with fire. where do your dreams become reality? [caption id="attachment_1876" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="A warm and lovely space by the window"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1877" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="The basement workshop"][/caption] I’m lucky enough to have a home “studio”.  It’s perfect for me since I’m utterly incapable of doing one thing at a time (on a typical day my workspace is littered with projects in various stages of completion).  Working at home means that I can have laundry running while I’m soldering, or the tumbler running while I’m cooking dinner.  It’s very satisfying to the multitasker in me. I have two spaces that I work in: first, there is the warm and lovely space inside the house where I do all of my last minute finishing work, packing, mailing, accounting, and sketching.  I can sit there, listen to the radio and look out at a view of our garden, and, in the distance, San Francisco- it’s wonderful!  Then, of course, there is the workshop in the basement where all the real dirty work is done... how do you keep your hideout organized? [caption id="attachment_1878" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="A fine bookshelf for organizing materials"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1879" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Tools stay well-organized in this wooden beauty"][/caption] Organizing my workspace is definitely an iterative process- I’m constantly trying to find a way to make the chaos more manageable.  I just cleared out a larger space in our basement to work in, so I’m still finding the best solution for organizing all of the tools and materials that comes with life as a metalsmith.  I’ve thrifted or reused a number of items for organization, but I’m also on intimate terms with IKEA at this point. I can't live without... That’s a tough question!  Hmm, I definitely could not live without my Flexshaft- this is an indispensible power tool that lets me drill, sand, grind or polish.  I worked without one for a short while, and it was no picnic.  That being said, I also love these 3M sanding papers that I have- they are the handiest things for finishing my pieces and I’m so glad that a fellow metalsmith and Etsyan, Saara Reidsema, introduced me to them. this keeps me going and gets me inspired... Ira Glass is my hero.  I adore This American Life, and when I am working I am more often than not listening to podcasts of that program or RadioLab.  Or just listening to Forum, or Talk of the Nation. Or Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.  I am clearly such an NPR geek. what's in the works? [caption id="attachment_1880" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Men's cufflinks and rings may be in the works here!"][/caption] After a long time of talking about it, I am finally working on some pieces for the guys!  I’ve started on several cufflink designs, and I am also going to be making some men’s rings.  I’m also going back to some designs I had played with several months ago -but never finished- using reticulated silver.  Reticulation is a texturing of the silver using heat- it’s really stunning, and I couldn’t be more excited about the pieces to come!

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