LeslieZemenekJewelry

Show the world you're one of a kind!

Portland, Oregon · 49 Sales

LeslieZemenekJewelry

Show the world you're one of a kind!

Portland, Oregon 49 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(26)

Announcement   I love to saw and hammer metal, and colorful stones make my heart go pitter patter. If you have any questions about my work, please send me a message. I'm never too busy to write back. --Leslie

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Last updated on Mar 21, 2016

I love to saw and hammer metal, and colorful stones make my heart go pitter patter. If you have any questions about my work, please send me a message. I'm never too busy to write back. --Leslie

Leslie Zemenek

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Monica Taormina

Monica Taormina on Feb 9, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Leslie created this magical piece from start to finish, and I'm blown away! I will treasure this beauty for years to come! Prompt and thorough communication. A very sturdy piece made to last and age beautifully. Thank you so much for designing and creating such a strikingly beautiful piece!

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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've been making art since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I inherited my sense of style from my mom and my love of tools from my dad. I live in Portland, OR with my husband and 2 rock star Standard Poodles.

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