Monday, April 7, 2014

We Make Portland Awesome: Marisa Messick Jewelry

"We make Portland awesome" is a twice-monthly series. I’m interested building our community of artists by helping us all find out more about each other.
This week: Marisa of Marisa Messick Jewelry

Who are you?
Hi I’m Marisa, owner and maker of Marisa Messick Jewelry. I make all of my jewelry from my little studio in my home in Eugene, OR. I moved to Eugene recently from Richmond, VA.

What do you make?
I make jewelry mainly out of sterling silver and polymer clay, but I am continually experimenting and playing with new materials and processes. My jewelry is made out of recycled sterling silver whenever possible and I am conscious of using environmentally responsible studio practices.  My jewelry is a way for me to find a balance between geometric and organic forms.

Besides making things, what do you do?
I am a server at a French restaurant by day and jeweler by night. In my time in between you can catch me walking my dog or sipping on coffee or enjoying a beer.

What inspires you?
Nature is such a big influence on my work. Right now I’ve been really inspired by crystal clusters, coral and honeycombs. I am constantly looking for new colors, shapes or patterns that I find in nature to incorporate into my jewelry.

Where can your work be found?
My work can be found in Portland at Tender Loving Empire or online on my website or on my Etsy.

What do you love about Portland?
Since I have just moved to the Pacific Northwest, I have to be honest, I have only been to Portland twice in my life. I still have so much more to learn and explore there but so far I love all of the independent shops, delicious food and tasty beverages. If any one has a great recommendation on somewhere I should visit, please let me know! So far I have been loving my new home in Eugene!

Make sure you check out Marisa Messick Jewelry's Etsy shop and website. Thanks for sharing, Marisa!
And if you'd like to read more We Make Portland Awesome interviews, you can check out the full collection HERE.

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