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about the artist:

Erika Brask received her BFA in Graphic Design from Drake University in 1996.
Erika is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and creates jewelry in her home studio in Denver, Colorado.



artist statement and process:

simplestones jewelry is derived from a non-wavering love of rocks and — more recently — sea glass. I love their simple, unpretentious beauty. Making jewelry originated as a way for me to bring the beauty of nature closer to the everyday — to elevate things that are often passed over. There is real beauty found in nature and I love to hunt for Mother Nature's special treasures.

For me, design is present in everything I do. So, when I found a rock that I wanted…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 16
  • Joined April 16, 2007

Favorite materials

rocks, sterling silver, sea glass, ribbon

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About

about the artist:

Erika Brask received her BFA in Graphic Design from Drake University in 1996.
Erika is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and creates jewelry in her home studio in Denver, Colorado.



artist statement and process:

simplestones jewelry is derived from a non-wavering love of rocks and — more recently — sea glass. I love their simple, unpretentious beauty. Making jewelry originated as a way for me to bring the beauty of nature closer to the everyday — to elevate things that are often passed over. There is real beauty found in nature and I love to hunt for Mother Nature's special treasures.

For me, design is present in everything I do. So, when I found a rock that I wanted to carry with me all the time, I designed my first necklace. Since then, I learned how to drill the pieces myself and I continue to hone my skills with power tools, materials and patience.


simplestones jewelry is hand made and that means:

Each stone or piece of glass is hand-selected for shape, thickness, surface texture and overall quality and beauty. No piece of glass or rock was purchased from a bead store ready-to-wear, was pre-drilled or mass-manufactured.



glass:

All of the green and brown (and some clear) glass used in my jewelry was found on the beaches of Grenada, West Indies and was tumbled naturally by the Caribbean Sea. Most of the other colored glass (blue, turquoise and clear) is recycled and tumbled in my studio to give it a beach glass look. Because my inventory of authentic sea glass is limited, I will most likely be working in more recycled glass as I go through what I collected in the Caribbean. Or, I’ll have to make more frequent trips to the beach! Hmmmmm … tough decision!



rocks:

Many of the rocks and stones used in my jewelry were found on the rock-lined beaches of the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Some rocks have been purchased intended for use in landscaping but quantities of those are limited and thus, their use is limited. Now that I live in Colorado, I’m sure there are many rocks to be collected from the Rocky Mountains and the creeks and streams that run through them. It’s just a matter of time before I add authentic Rocky Mountain rocks to my jewelry collection.

Each piece of glass or stone is hand drilled in my Denver, Colorado home studio and then hand assembled. I use a variety of materials in assembly including sterling silver, steel wire, copper wire, hemp cord, leather, clear filament (fishing line), silk ribbon and colored thread. The work continues to evolve as new ideas and inspiration comes my way ...

Each piece is unique. From the selection of the stone, how it is drilled, the way it is assembled or strung together, the materials used in assembly and how the clasp is fashioned, you can be sure that no two pieces are ever the same. That means no one will ever have the exact same piece that you have. Ever. That’s part of the charm of simplestones.

Because this process is done by hand, it is labor intensive. The more pieces of glass or rock in a necklace or bracelet, the more time it takes to drill and assemble. This means the price will be reflected accordingly.

Also, because every piece of jewelry is unique, please read the materials list for each one carefully.

COMING VERY SOON: A first round of earrings

COMING SOMETIME after that: Rings and Key Chains



custom orders:
If you see something you like but it was sold already, you desire a longer cord, different materials or different colors, feel free to contact me directly. We can work together to create a piece that fits you. Extra charges may apply for custom orders, but we’ll work that out if and when the need arises.

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