Pat Laginess on Apr 5, 2014
Just received my pendant yesterday and put it right on with other jewelry. I did quite a bit of searching for "the perfect" arrowhead, and this one is it for me because of the coloring of the stone, and can be reversed also. Thank you!
Traveling Artisan Captures Inspiration From Nature
A passion for rocks, art and nature combined with RV life on the road, Joanne Boyle is originally from Southeastern Pennsylvania where she experienced small towns, big cities, wilderness and farms. She now travels the country in search of new material and inspiration. Along with her faithful golden retriever, Angie, she explores fern-choked forests, rocky creeks, scree-filled mountain slopes and wind-blasted deserts in search of unique material for her art.
As with many artists, Joanne's work has been heavily influenced by her childhood. Her grandmother filled her imagination with the fanciful folklore of fairies, gnomes, woodland spirits and water sprites. Days were spent in the surrounding woods and creeks searching for stones and the ever-elusive fables. She even built wee houses to entice gnomes into the open.
Her grandmother's art studio provided creative outlets when nature wasn't beckoning. Joanne worked in many mediums including clay, leather, glass, acrylics, sketching and flowers. Her artistic education continued in high school shop class where she learned to work with wood and metal while interpreting mechanical drawings. Weaving complex sweaters on a loom added to her skill set. She is now combining wire and stone into exquisite wearable art.
Inspired by the vines that climb into the forest canopy seeking sunlight, the artistic lines of trees and branches, her graceful wraps highlight carefully shaped stones cut to emphasize color, pattern and form. The stones vary from the subtle shades of amethyst sage to the bold patterns of crazy lace agate and the electric blue of chrysocolla. Joanne specializes in varieties of shimmering moonstone - a favorite of gnomes. She has expanded that into the optically magical stones of rainbow obsidian, labradorite and tiger eye. Each piece of jewelry is accentuated in silver or gold designs that vary from simple and clean to whimsical and organic.
Winner of the Stone Age Industries Shop Friends of the Month November and December 2010, March 2012 and the February 2012 RTH Cab and Wrap Team Competition.
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Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Nature Lover, Rockhound, Artist
Joanne travels the country in search of material and inspiration. She hand cuts each stone to accentuate pattern, form and color. Like vines twisting into the forest canopy, her gold and silver designs vary from simple & clean to whimsical & organic.
Joanne and Angie her golden retriever.
I am an artisan rather than a mass manufacturer. Each of my pieces is individually hand crafted by me with love and care. Many of the stones used in my pieces were found by me in nature and worked completely by hand from beginning to end.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
You are urged to research the materials in this piece yourself and determine whether it feels suitable for you.
A couple notes about my process:
I try to show my pieces accurately by taking pictures in indoor light and natural outdoor light. I strive to keep colors accurate in my pictures, even though some things are out of my control.
While they wait for a new home, I keep my finished pieces in ziplock bags to prevent tarnish. I recommend this as a good way to store them. I recommend washing in like warm soapy water and soft bristled toothbrush, not harsh chemicals. Also the use of a polishing cloth such as "Sunshine" works well.
From the rocks we've collected on our travels, I choose stones to hand work and become polished cabochons. Then I tumble the rest in my rock tumbler which is a hobby of mine. Everybody could use a new friend so sometimes I tuck a couple lucky pocket rocks into my packages. In this way I try to share the wonder of nature's beauty created over eons of time by our beloved planet Earth.
I just want to say that I try very hard to describe what is special about each of my creations. If there should be a typo or a blunder, please forgive me and bear with me. I am constantly trying to improve my process, my skills and my presentation... so I am always revising to accurately capture and convey my work across cyberspace. This has been a long time passion and I am thrilled to be able to share my creations and my vision with others, and this is all part of me being my authentic self. I am grateful to anyone who takes the time to check out my work or looks into my shop enough to read this. ;)