Artists ~ Sabrina Azevedo ~ Warwick

Artist’s name: Sabrina Azevedo
Shop name: Sabrina Melody Designs
Blog: Coming soon!

1. Tell us about your work.
I design sterling silver jewelry with wire wrapping and Swarovski crystals and seed beads. The majority of my designs are necklaces but I have started making earrings, and very soon there will be bracelets. Most of my pieces are one of a kind but I am creating some pieces that are not one of a kind so the same piece can be reordered. I feel there is something special and unique about a piece that cannot be duplicated. However, storeowners have been asking me for jewelry that can be reordered and it does make sense. I will still continue with one of a kind pieces as well.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
My business began in 2008 when I attended a wire-wrapping class. I loved it so much that I soon began designing pendants and selling them in stores throughout New England. I am also a graduate student of Fashion Design and will be receiving my MFA in spring 2015.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I know that many artists sketch their designs first but with jewelry I design as I work with the wire. It has to feel right as I'm making the piece. There have been times when I am close to completing a piece and have either started over or completely scrapped the idea, all because I wasn't feeling it. Jewelry has to look beautiful to me or I can't offer it to customers. There is something we ask ourselves in fashion design class and that is, would you wear it yourself?

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
Although the majority of my designs are necklace, it's been fun designing earrings, and they do not take as long to make. I also want to make new designs in necklaces and will be posting them to my website and Facebook page. I'm hoping to have them available for sale this spring.

5. What’s your best seller?
The drusy quartz necklaces are my best seller. I sell out of them constantly. I use drusy stones in blue, magenta, white and gray. These necklaces bring a lot of attention because the stone reflects light and shimmers so beautifully.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I have lived in Rhode Island my entire life. I grew up in Warwick, lived in Pawtucket for 3 years and then moved back to Warwick. I feel more of a connection to Warwick.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I especially love the artists of Rhode Island. It's important to keep art alive and Rhode Island does a great job with events such as the Wickford Art Festival, Scituate Art Festival, RISD and its museum, Newport Art Museum, Hope Artiste Village...the list goes on and on.


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