June 2015 Artists – Jill Marsh & Dara Rosenwasser

Jill Marsh is a Bay Area Jewelry designer living in Berkeley, California. She has been creating jewelry for over 20 years and after many years in the corporate world decided it was time to follow her passion for jewelry design. The blue ocean and rustic mountains of the Bay Area inspire in her an appreciation for natural materials and the juxtaposition of delicate versus rugged. Her work with silver, leather, fine gems, and semi-precious stones help to create this aesthetic. Jill’s latest collection incorporates leather, freshwater pearls, and turquoise. She prefers making one-of-a-kind pieces and is willing to work with small businesses to collaborate on collections specialized for their environments!

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IMG_0876You can view more of her work at Jill Marsh Designs on Facebook.

Dara Rosenwasser began her love of making and creating in high school where she started a small business selling handmade hats and jewelry to her circle of friends. Years later, after a decade-long stint as a touring musician, she received her MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has worked as a professional photographer since 2006, and continues to exhibit her work on a national level. Here are few words from Dara about her work:

Photograph courtesy of Dara Rosenwasser.

Photograph courtesy of Dara Rosenwasser.

“Antiquated photographic processes allow me to explore the spaces between the tangible and intangible boundaries of memory. In my current exhibit, I investigate reactions through the elements of camera-less exposure and hand-crafted seascapes in these Cyanotype works.”

Not only is Dara a staff member here at Blue Door Beads, but she is also an instructor at BDB, as well as our art coordinator! For more info visit her website at http://www.dararosenwasser.com

Special Bonus: Jewelry artist Kelli McGiven also includes organic jewelry displays in her collection.  She’ll be featuring her pieces for sale during the stroll, so come check them out!

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