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Hi I'm Lisa Reidsema. I come from a family of jewelers. My father quit teaching English in the early 70s to pursue a career in jewelry making. He later taught my grandparents and two uncles to make jewelry. My grandparents ended up with a retail store called Jewelry by Schreur on St. Armands Key in Sarasota, FL and ran it successfully for over 30 years.

In my young 20s I worked with my father at Kay's Jewelers and S&T Manufacturing and then dropped my fledgling jewelry career to teach English. I taught English and ESL for over 10 years and am now a mental health counselor/therapist and enjoy helping those that are having difficulties. I decided to come back to my jewelry and art roots as an expression of my own therapy .

Both my sister and mother have Etsy shops and also do…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 26
  • Joined November 11, 2009

Favorite materials

Gold, Fine Silver, Yummy Gems, Clay, Paint of All Kind, Glass, Silk, wool, cotton, and dye

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About

Hi I'm Lisa Reidsema. I come from a family of jewelers. My father quit teaching English in the early 70s to pursue a career in jewelry making. He later taught my grandparents and two uncles to make jewelry. My grandparents ended up with a retail store called Jewelry by Schreur on St. Armands Key in Sarasota, FL and ran it successfully for over 30 years.

In my young 20s I worked with my father at Kay's Jewelers and S&T Manufacturing and then dropped my fledgling jewelry career to teach English. I taught English and ESL for over 10 years and am now a mental health counselor/therapist and enjoy helping those that are having difficulties. I decided to come back to my jewelry and art roots as an expression of my own therapy .

Both my sister and mother have Etsy shops and also do jewelry:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SaaraReidsema?ga_search_query=saarareidsema&ga_search_type=seller_usernames
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MotherMine?ga_search_query=mothermine&ga_search_type=seller_usernames



I love to make things and find myself happiest when I am in the process.

I work in 14k, 18k, Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, and Argentium, unless otherwise requested. I use natural gemstones and conflict-free diamonds. Most of my fabricated designs are very simple, while the cast pieces are more complex and meaty.

I just started exploring hand dyeing fabric and silk. The colors are so rich that the process becomes quite mesmerizing. You'll see lots more of this as my journey with textiles continues.

I'm enjoying working with the silk so much that I may be branching out into some very simply designed clothing pieces in the very near future.

Some of you may be asking yourself "What is Shibori?" Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, or compressing it. I generally use two forms which are called Itajime and Arashi . These techniques are part of a very rich tradition of Japanese textile design dating back to the 8th century.

Your next question might be "Why is that crazy lady using acid dye and is it going to harm me?" Acid dyes are named "acid" for their use of mild acids (vinegar or citric acid) to allow the dye to adhere to the protein in the fabric. They are actually much more environmentally friendly and non-toxic than most dyes out there...including the ones that are "natural", as some of those are made from toxic plant bases.
If you have any other questions about my processes or material use, please convo me. It's interesting and I love to talk about it!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please don't hesitate to contact me for any assistance needed. I'm very happy to help!



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