Artists ~ Season James ~ Pawtucket

Artist’s name: Season James
Shop name: Above/Below
Twitter: @abovebelowjewel
Facebook: Above/Below Jewelry
Pinterest: @susanjones78
Other Instagram (mostly used) @abovebelowwithin #abovebelowjewelry

1. Tell us about your work
Above/Below is modern jewelry made with beautiful elements. The aesthetic is that of unearthed & weather worn stones, minerals and wood mixed with shiny brass and bronze metal, clean geometric lines and painted details. This is jewelry that forges a wearable connection between nature and adornment. Recently, Above/Below has begun to add woven pieces to our line that are intended for your home. We are very excited to eventually bridge the gap of jewelry and textile art!

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
When I relocated to RI in 2000, I began to learn the trade of hand manipulating jewelry. I loved the hands on aspect of it and as a painter, the mixing of color & textures was a natural fit for me. I designed commercially for many years, making work that was mass produced in many mall and department stores. The knowledge, experience and relationships that I gained from that industry proved invaluable beyond measure, though I always knew I wanted to go out on my own. After exploring many materials such as vintage buttons, deconstructed personal photographs and felt, I decided it was time to make some work that could be made in the U.S. in small quantities. Above/Below was born just before my first child was, with the intention that I could make a living creating while caring for my daughter.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
Textures, water and its effect on everything, 1960's encyclopedias, architecture

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
Lately, it's been the woven art as I'm exploring so many new techniques! However, I always get excited to work on anything with stones & minerals as they are very unique individually. It's exciting to search for their nuances and draw them out.

5. What’s your best seller? 
Any item that uses Pyrite, especially the Pyrite studs that are created by casting bronze and filling the setting with crushed Pyrite. They sparkle in a dirty kind of way.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
Holy crap. Almost 15 years. I did return to my hometown of Brooklyn, NY for about a year, where the ideas for Above/Below started formulating. Also, my family & I lived in Portland OR for about a year, where I first started wholesaling to boutiques. Portland is a city that is VERY supportive of its creative community.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? 
I heart Rhode Island's history, coast, smallness & the hidden places I have yet to discover. For such a tiny state, there are so many interesting and secret spots worth seeing. And overall, the people in this state, whether native or transplants, are about as real as you can get.


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