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Leslie Zemenek

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Leslie Zemenek


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About LeslieZemenekJewelry

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Redesigning the Designer

When I was 12 years old I read a quote from Oscar Wilde that changed my life: “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” I took it very seriously. During most of my life I either made art, wore art or lived artfully, but only recently did I figure out how to do it all at the same time.

After a move away from everything that felt like home, I was feeling stuck in my work and my art. It was my husband, the financial analyst, who suggested I try working in metal. Silver and gold are part of his world, so it made perfect sense to him. As soon as I got my hands on the torch, hammers and files that are the tools of the metalsmith's trade, I was hooked. It opened up a whole new world where I could use the design skills I'd developed in previous careers as a clothing designer, pastry chef, web site developer and painter.

I started dreaming my designs in my sleep, more than I could possibly produce in my waking hours. I can't say whether I'm having more fun at night dreaming new designs or during the day working at my bench making them real. And I'm not even sure it matters!

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  • Leslie Zemenek

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I live and work in a restored carriage house in Portland, OR. I inherited my sense of style from my mom and my love of tools from my dad. I serve on the board of a local non-profit arts organization and believe art will save the world.

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