Featured Artist Lisa Brito
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Featured Artist Lisa Brito

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Each piece of Lisa’s jewelry are little works of art. She has a very versatile line that appeals to a broad range of people. She’s as sweet and humble as they come and I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know her better. I was telling her the other day, that if I were made of money…that she would be my personal stylist. I have never loved so many pieces by one designer. Here is a little more about our Featured Artist…

Why do you do what you do?
I started making jewelry while I was staying at home with my second daughter. A priceless time that I was not able to have with my first daughter. So somewhere between her dirty diapers, feedings and naps…a small little escape for me quickly turned into an obsession with beads and pendants and whatever else I could get my hands on to create something with. Before I knew it, 3/4 of our dining room table was full of my crazy little “escape”. Fast forward to now, here I am with my small little jewelry business. I figured this way I can still “escape” and share my pieces with others at the same time. I currently have an Etsy shop ElevenWingsLLC that keeps me pretty busy and I’m very excited to have some pieces in a couple of local boutiques at the beach (LulaMae and Fig & Willow) and of course this wonderful space full of talented artists @ ABAM that I feel so fortunate to be part of.

I feel like I’m constantly learning about myself and this small business I have created. Always learning something new about the pieces, stones, links and connections of making jewelry whether it’s simple or complicated. Kind of like life. Always hoping that I’ll continue to grow and learn from others and become more knowledgeable in business and different types of jewelry making.

Where is your work space and what brings out your creativity?
My workspace is in our home. It is very multipurpose room housing our guests when we have them, our youngest daughters play room, and all of my business supplies and jewelry items. Thankfully, it is a light and airy space that I enjoy being in with tons of natural light and suits my needs just fine for now.

Do you have a favorite piece you’d like to talk about?
I love so many different types of jewelry and looks that it’s hard for me to pick one favorite piece or a specific style that’s suits me. I love working with natural precious gemstones, semi precious gemstones, natural shell pieces, tassels, natural stone, crystal pendants and matte finished beads, they are one of my favorites, they give a piece a super elegant look in my personal opinion. I enjoy hand knotting as well as working with simple and minimal chain style looks.

How is your personality reflected in your work?
I started out making statement style pieces because I feel like that may be my true personality. My personal style and my jewelry are always evolving, much like the ebb and flow in life.

How do you overcome creative blocks?
Thankfully, I haven’t had too many creative blocks at this point. I’ve only been making jewelry for a little over two years and more often times than not, I find myself running to my jewelry table to put together ideas that I have thought of while lying in bed, making dinner, sitting in carpool, waiting for the kiddos while in their sports or any other of our every day, mom life chores. I typically have an ongoing list of ideas so I don’t lose them if I can’t get back to my table for awhile. Although when a piece is not coming out just right or the way I envisioned it, I simply take a break and come back later when my mind has had time for other distractions and by that point I’m back to wanting to wind down and “escape” again, then things just seem to come out.

Are there any spaces or designers that have inspired or influenced you?
I wish I had some miracle answer to give you about where I get inspiration. To be completely honest with you, inspiration comes at me at all different times. Making jewelry relaxes me more than anything else. It gives me a sense of peace and is like a huge breath of fresh air. Creating new pieces can turn anything that’s bothering me into something good. I just love the feeling I get inside knowing someone will enjoy that piece of jewelry as much as I enjoyed making it; whether it’s for their everyday look and style or a special event or day in their life.

I want to thank The Atlantic Beach Arts Market for giving me this opportunity and a special thank you to my hubby for making it possible for me to stay home with my two girls and express myself in the art of jewelry making.

Please come see our Featured Artist and 90+ other vendors at The Atlantic Beach Arts Market located at 1805 Mayport Rd. Open everyday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Much Love,
Ame Cowan

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