Erika Brask's Profile

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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 Minneapolis, Minnesota.



artist statement and process:

simplestones jewelry is derived from a non-wavering love of rocks and 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…

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

Favorite materials

rocks, sterling silver, sea glass, ribbon, silk, leather, hemp

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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 Minneapolis, Minnesota.



artist statement and process:

simplestones jewelry is derived from a non-wavering love of rocks and 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.



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.

Each piece of glass or stone is hand drilled in my 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.



custom orders & custom touches:
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.

birthday and gift orders
Everything sold comes beautifully wrapped, just for you. If you would like to include a birthday card or special wrapping, let me know and I will be happy to customize it for the recipient.

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