Artists ~ Analiese Stinson ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Analiese Stinson 

Shop name: Skyward Designs

Instagram: - Skyward_ _ _ 

1. Tell us about your work
Well, I make limited edition and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces using traditional metalsmithing techniques. I like giving a modern aesthetic to these ancient processes. 

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I’ve been following my creative side for my whole life, from drawing to painting, to photography and mixed media projects. My passion for creating led me to Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where I discovered metalsmithing. I never regret choosing a career path that many might consider impractical, as it continually opens doors for me and makes me very excited for the future! Right now I work as a diamond setter in addition to creating my own jewelry. I am enjoying this balance between structured bench work and creative play. 

3. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
I am most inspired by patterns, colors and forms found in nature. This includes the stones that I use in my pieces -- I look for eye-catching, naturally formed stones. The process of creating is also inspiring in itself. 

4. What’s your favorite item to create? 
Lately I've been excited about my Geo necklaces. They are all one-of-a-kind sculptures, which means I spend a lot of time playing around in wax, making the most perfect shapes to cast in silver. Working in wax is a very relaxing, zen process for me. 

5. What’s your best seller?

During the holiday season I sell a lot of druzy quartz pieces, because they are irresistibly sparkly. Arrow bracelets have also been big hits lately!

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I moved here from Boston just six months ago.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
So many things. People really appreciate the arts here. I love the craft markets, the phenomenal restaurants and the wide variety of local businesses. I {heart} that RI has the endearing title of “smallest state”.


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