SWRoots

Alissa & Will Barnes' Handmade Crafts

North Port, Florida

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About SWRoots

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On Etsy since 2018

Our inspiration is a mix between Southwest and Bohemian styles.

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Since I was a kid, I was super into fashion and art. I remember looking at fashion magazines to find inspiration and making my own paper-dolls using the gorgeous images. My mom (the original hippie as I like to call her) and her friends always had the most beautiful turquoise jewelry pieces and I longed to be an adult so that I could wear my own.

My family is very artistic and as an adult, I never really found my place in the art world. My dad was an artist (woodworker, musician, etc). One of my brothers is an amazing musician, the other brother is an artist and writer, and my sister is a Luthier (she handmakes upright bases from wood). Art and creativity always seemed to come so naturally to them. I knew that I had the creative gene within me, but it took me until my mid-thirties to find my calling.
I literally woke up one morning and told my husband, "Babe, I had a dream that I was a jeweler. I want to be a jewelry designer".

Lucky for me, my husband, Will Barnes (designer of The Strange Grain), is an incredible artist. He was super supportive right off the bat. However, our son had just turned one and we had recently found out that I was pregnant with our second! So needless to say, the timing wasn't quite right to start my dream going. However, my husband started using our lapidary equipment (machinery to cut and shape stones) in the hopes of being able to teach me when I was ready.

I'm mostly self taught in terms of silversmithing. In September of 2019 my husband bought me my first acetylene tank and torch and I was up and running. I had some major failures at first and melted a ton of silver, but I just kept trying and pushing myself. I knew the potential that I had within me.I feel that I've now found my voice and my presence in the jewelry world and I cannot wait to see what else is in store!

Within the last year, I have found a balance between raising two beautiful babies, working full-time in the legal field, and making my creative dreams come true.

I tend to find inspiration in everyday things, and often have some of my best ideas while driving to work in the morning! Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a crazy earring design that I just have to draw immediately.

Growing up in New Mexico, I've always been surrounded by turquoise. I absolutely love it, and I love pairing turquoise with other unexpected stones. I'm also very inspired by my travels to Costa Rica and Panama and I tend to draw upon visions of the ocean and the blues and greens associated with all things tropical.

My style is very bohemian and I always say I should have grown up in the 60's and 70's.

Alissa Barnes
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Hi, Will here! A little bit about myself. I'm a father of two amazing kiddos, and a husband to a beautiful wife, I'm of Spanish, Dutch, and Native American descent. I was born and raised in New Mexico, the American Southwest, and is a huge contributor to my jewelry work, and much of my other artwork, as I primarily use turquoise and similar gems used in the southwest. I'm a self taught silversmith/goldsmith, and have been doing it for almost 4 years full-time, as of Sep. 2021. I've also cut cabochon for jewelers full time for the past 2 1/2 years, alternating between the two crafts. However, I've worked with metal since I was 17-18 years old. Along the lines in my variety of careers, I was also a welder/fabricator. Learning to smith jewelry, to me, was just applying the same practice, just at a smaller scale. I've also learned things along the line that help, such as stained glass and brazing. In addition to handmade jewelry, I've also started doing casting and a bit of hand push engraving along the way.
I also make handmade silversmith stamps, which I plan to add to the store in the coming months. They're fun to make and there are no two that are exactly alike, which makes them pretty cool.
One of my passions is also ceramics. I generally work with cone 6^ to cone 10^ stoneware and make my own cone 6^ glazes as well. I prefer using a manual kiln primarily because it requires that you pay close attention to the temperatures and soak times, and requires a little more love, in my opinion.
I plan in adding a variety of my crafts to the store in due time. Thanks for reading!
-Will Barnes

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  • Alissa Barnes

    Owner, Creator

    Hello jewelry lovers! You're in good company, because I'm basically obsessed with mixing different metals, stones and sparkles. To read more about my inspiration and my life, please read my story. Thanks lovelies!

  • Will Barnes

    Owner, Creator

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