Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New to SSS...Drumroll...

...Shannon Jeffrey of KatEva Designs!  We are so excited to have Shannon and her awesome jewelry designs in the studio...

Shannon Jeffrey has an eye for finding beauty in the discarded.  She would rather dig through a box of old brooches, baubles and forgotten beads than shop for the latest jewelry trend.  Estate sales and yard art are more likely to inspire one of her future creations.

Shannon makes jewelry - one-of-a-kind, handmade statement pieces.  She uses odds and ends, beads, buttons and vintage pieces as inspiration.  She is the creative force behind KatEva Designs.

The name is a creation of Shannon's too.  "The line is named to honor my grandmothers by combing parts of their names:  Kathleen Jeffrey and JimEva Kelso = KatEva."

Shannon starting making jewelry because she loves to wear it.  In early 2009, Shannon took a class to learn how to hand-knot and strand pearls.  Then she was "hooked."  Soon afterward, friends and even strangers would comment on her jewelry and asked to buy her pieces.  Shannon decided, "Why not?"

Shannon makes sure that shopping for KatEva Designs is as fun as wearing the jewelry itself!  She organizes design shows.  Individuals or groups of friends host jewelry parties so that guests can see, touch and experience the pieces in a fun, pressure-free atmosphere.

The parties also provide an opportunity for feedback as to what people like, need and are looking for.  Shannon uses that feedback in her design development.  She now offers custom-designed pieces to fit an individual's fashion.

Recently, Shannon announced that if you send her a photo of a special occasion dress, she can design a signature piece just for that occasion!  This is tailor made fashion at it's best!  Fall homecoming, class reunions, autumn weddings and holiday parties all offer the perfect opportunity for a custom design.

Statement jewelry also compliments the "transition" wardrobe.  Finding the right fashion for late summer and early fall in the 501 is no easy task.  Bold and vintage jewelry can help carry a summer outfit through to early autumn.  Pairing a lightweight fabric with a bold necklace in a fall or earth-tone color extends the life of a summer favorite.

Shannon's flair for design and her strong business sense have made an impact in the 501 area; so much so, that she was chosen to be the featured artist in July and August at the State Treasurer's office.  What started as a curiosity led to a class, which combined with Shannon's artistry and skill, has grown into a fulfilling career.  What a statement!

Please join us in making Shannon feel welcome by visiting Second Saturday Studio this weekend!  You will find beautiful work and a wonderful place for that perfect gift!  For yourself or someone else!  We thank you for your support.

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