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Featured Designer | Sharon Borsavage
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Sharon Borsavage
Name: Sharon Borsavage
Company Name: Livewire Jewelry
City & State: Plymouth, PA

"I feel blessed to be able to create and share it with others, it makes my soul sing!"
Recently published in the Dec., Jan., Feb. 2011 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine as part of a collaborative Round Robin necklace exchange with international participants. Published in Bead Trends January 2010 issue, and featured in the designer highlight section.
Blog: livewirejewelry.blogspot.com
How did you get started in jewelry design?
Some of my first memories of art are sitting on my front porch at the age of 6 or 7 with a pile of paper, crayons, paper clips and staples, etc, and wanting to MAKE something, so I have always wanted to create as long as I can remember. I graduated with a BFA and concentrated on painting. The short story is I did various crafty things while raising a family, and always had the desire to make my own jewelry since I love wearing it. I took a few lessons at a local bead store and I was hooked. With the exception of a few online classes I am self taught, mostly relying on some very good books!
Do you have a method, source, or tool you look to for inspiration?
I don't think I really have a method. I usually start with a focal, bead or stone that I am really attracted to, and then the next bead or stone in the design feeds off of that one, until I feel the the piece flows and says what I want it to say. My tool I would say is a visceral one, it just has to feel right. Focals usually mean particular things to me, personal things, so the necklace, bracelet, etc, is a soulful or emotional story.

How often do you work on your jewelry designs?
I work a full time job, so I try to work on my jewelry projects at least 3 times a week, but sometimes it is less due to sheer exhaustion!

How would you describe your design style or technique?
I think my style is very soulful, I have been told that, I am not really sure what that looks like but people have told me they can see that in a lot of my work. Recently it has become more primal, but still with glimmers of glam here and there. I guess it's very eclectic.

Do you work in any other mediums beside jewelry design?
Yes, I come from an art background so I do create collages. I love paper of all kinds! I love working with paints, inks, vintage papers, gesso, gel mediums, and all kinds of messy stuff!
What are your favorite stones to work with and why?
I have come to love turquoise the most. I adore the multitude of color variations in may come in, the depth of color, and the symbolism, meaning strength and protection. I am always attracted to the blue green colors of stones. I also like aquamarine, amazonite, and blue Peruvian opals, all because of the allure of the color. Turquoise and Peruvian Opals also can have a matrix pattern in them that can be more beautiful to me then the blue color! And, the green shades of turquoise can make me crazy excited as well, so I guess Turquoise is the winner!

What are your favorite shapes and sizes to work with and why?
I like working with faceted rondelles, 4mm to 6mm size works great for earrings. Larger organic chunks for bracelets and necklaces.

What's your favorite jewelry trend right now?
I don't really care for trends, but, I think I adapt to what the current style or fashion is. This year the big and bold statement necklace was all the rage. I think that concept helped me in a way as I tend to use some larger chunkier pieces in my necklaces. That fashion trend in the industry gave women confidence to wear something bigger and bolder than they normally would.

If you could pick one person living or not to wear your jewelry, who would it be and why?
I would want Frida Kahlo to wear my jewelry. To me she represents the epitome of independence, strength, and beauty. She was always adorned with beautiful jewelry and I would be thrilled to see her wearing mine.

What's next? What are you working on now?
I never know what's next! I have notes all over my worktable of things to try, and ideas floating around, and I just have to pick one! My ideas never run out. I am thinking something along the lines of more metal work, I love the physical part of forming metal. I would really like to start bezel setting stones. I have done it once, but it is calling me back. There is a brand new year on the horizon!
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