When looking at jewelry, why buy a piece that everyone can have when you can get a unique and one-of-a-kind handmade piece that won’t break the bank?
Sasha Newkirk specializes in creating unique jewelry that is beautiful and easily wearable. Primarily using silver, Newkirk adds a touch of bronze to her pieces for aesthetic reasons. Contrasting elements, blackening pieces and using silhouetted forms, Newkirk gets inspiration for her work mostly from nature found all around her, including how the light interacts with objects. Architecture is also a big inspiration to Newkirk’s work, especially wrought iron detailing on or inside buildings.
Blending old world detailing with modern elements and clean lines, Newkirk crafts her pieces so that the customer knows she’s giving them a little something extra. “I use the highest quality material and take more time than I should perfecting each piece,” said Newkirk. “I enjoy hiding beautiful parts of the design in places where only the wearer can see them, such as placing a gem against the skin. I think of this like wearing beautiful underwear just for you. No one else can see it, but you know it is there so it makes you feel pretty just the same.”
Newkirk began studying jewelry in high school and continued her passion through college and beyond. Although she earned a degree in Spanish and Anthropology, she spent every spare second in the metalsmithing studio at IU Bloomington. After graduating, she briefly moved to Massachusetts to participate in their Masters program in metalsmithing. Now back in the Midwest, Newkirk has been doing art shows, trying to get her business up on its feet.
Newkirk works from a studio in her apartment comprised of a jeweler’s bench, soldering station and a dining room table turned into a research and business station. Using the natural light from large windows leading out onto her apartment’s deck, Newkirk works on her pieces that can take anywhere from one hour to two weeks to complete. “I want all of my pieces to find a home with someone who appreciates their aesthetic value. In the future, I would love to start making lockets and other delicately complex pieces.”
This will be Newkirk’s first year at ORANJE. “I am most excited about the edginess of ORANJE compared to the other craft shows that I have done,” said Newkirk. “It sounds like it should be a great group of people that get my work and what I am trying to accomplish. People should come check me out because I have some beautiful, one-of-a-kind work that I think will speak to them. I only make jewelry that I, myself, would wear and I feel that with ORANJE, my customer is quite similar to myself.”
You can find Newkirk’s booth on the main floor at ORANJE 2012. The average price for her pieces ranges from $40 – $80, with work as cheap as $18 for a delicate silver band. Find your next favorite piece of jewelry at ORANJE!