Jennifer Shipley's Profile

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Handmade gemstone & crystal pendant jewelry: natural quartz, sphere and rock wrapped in silver create OOAK magical healing amulets. Specimens & raw crystal pendants are the most popular items in etsy’s DoodlepunkArt by Jennifer Shipley. Natural gemstones, crystals, coral, bone, shell and metal create powerful talismans of healing designed to bring strength and comfort and draw attention to the natural beauty of the wearer. These unique pieces are made with love and meticulous attention to detail.

I love to create unique, usable art objects that teeter on the edge bordering fine arts and crafts. My intention is to use my creativity and experiences to enrich the lives of others. I’ve been making art my entire life. My mom tells folks about how at just 18 months old while she sewed I would sit under her sewing machine carefully making intricate patterns on paper with her sewing pins. I’ve…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 1
  • Joined October 1, 2008

Favorite materials

stones, crystals, quartz, minerals, copper, silver, brass, shell, bone, cotton, sand, wood, feather

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DoodlepunkArt
Healing Crystal Pendant Jewelry, Mineral...

About

Handmade gemstone & crystal pendant jewelry: natural quartz, sphere and rock wrapped in silver create OOAK magical healing amulets. Specimens & raw crystal pendants are the most popular items in etsy’s DoodlepunkArt by Jennifer Shipley. Natural gemstones, crystals, coral, bone, shell and metal create powerful talismans of healing designed to bring strength and comfort and draw attention to the natural beauty of the wearer. These unique pieces are made with love and meticulous attention to detail.

I love to create unique, usable art objects that teeter on the edge bordering fine arts and crafts. My intention is to use my creativity and experiences to enrich the lives of others. I’ve been making art my entire life. My mom tells folks about how at just 18 months old while she sewed I would sit under her sewing machine carefully making intricate patterns on paper with her sewing pins. I’ve always had meticulous attention to intricate detail. When I discovered markers, I could not put them down and by the age of six I was making large illustrated books.

I have always loved art with an intense and obsessive passion, often choosing art over my social life or being that strange girl in the corner drawing in her sketchbook. Art is my most important coping skill and the fear of not being able to do it because of my health is very scary for me. Struggles with my health have driven me to start creating objects of healing, not just for myself, but for other people as well. I would like to share a brief part of my journey with you, so you can know the story behind my healing pendants, understand the deep meaning that they have for me and feel the love and light that I have poured into each and every one of them.

I finished my BFA in Printmaking at CSULB in 2005, despite my battle with severe intractable migraines. After my student solo exhibition my already troublesome health took a dramatic turn for the worse. Though I loved my job teaching drawing and painting at Suha Art institute in Torrance, CA, after two years I could no longer work and had to return home to Washington State. I have been struggling with headaches and dizziness for all of my life, but as I got older everything got worse and I was quickly going downhill. My migraines were crippling, yet only one part of my vast medical problems. Doctors all had different opinions, typically didn’t listen, prescribed dozens of medications that made things worse, made many careless medical mistakes and were only contributing to my stress.

In order to cope with the very difficult emotions I was experiencing I had an idea to make sick art dolls. I purchased a soldering iron and some supplies because I wanted my strange dolls to have moving metal parts. I stumbled upon an odd piece of gravel in the driveway and in order to begin the process of learning metals, I made it into a pendant. I found another rock and made another pendant, and pretty soon I couldn’t stop making pendants.

My mother thought I had lost my mind because I was obsessively pouring through her driveway collecting “ugly” rocks and making them into “weird” jewelry. But I found the act of searching for the stones and creating these artifacts extremely therapeutic. It was a form of meditation, inciting a Zen-like feeling in me. I was like Alice following the white rabbit. I couldn’t help it, and it has taken me on an adventure that I never foresaw. This therapeutic act has metamorphosized into DoodlepunkArt. It is better than my original idea because instead of focusing on sickness, I’m focusing on healing and the objects that I create help other people feel better, which makes me feel happier.

My favorite stones to use when I practice reiki, meditation and stone healing are selenite (gypsum) crystals and any variety of raw quartz, especially clear quartz, genuine citrine, golden healer, Tibetan double terminated quartz, amethysts, red phantom quartz, morion (black or dark smoky quartz), amphibole (angel) quartz and papaya quartz. In addition to these crystals I make pendants using malachite, moonstone, lapis lazuli, labradorite, rubies, garnets, emeralds, agate, variscite, rainbow quartz, rainbow obsidian, fluorite, calcite, lodolite, turquoise, jasper, milky quartz, tektite, ammonite, belemnite, bamboo coral, lemurian seed crystals, Herkimer diamonds, black phantom quartz, green phantom quartz, black tourmaline, dravite, and much more.

I have two other etsy shops:

JenniferShipleyArt - Fine art, including drawings, paintings, printmaking, collages, reproductions, magnets, jewelry, pendants, bookmarks, gift tags, signs... ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/JenniferShipleyArt )

ThunderBlingJewelry - Crystal and ethnic inspired beaded jewelry, mostly necklaces and bracelets. ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThunderBlingJewelry )

Thank you for taking the time to read my bio. Please contact me for information on custom jewelry.

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