Having a science background, I never thought of myself as an artist. I started making jewelry few months after our move to Colorado in the summer of 2010 and I'd say it was a wonderful turn of events. I was in JoAnn's with a friend, where I saw the sign-up list for their classes. I took the bead stringing class and after that it was a roller coaster dive into the jewelry-making industry for me. I discovered new materials and different, more advanced techniques. Each year I add a new skill to my belt and a lot of new tools and materials (Hello, my name is Evelina and I'm a beadaholique!). My all-time favorite medium is the Precious Metal Clay (PMC) in pure silver and bronze; the possibilities and combinations of textures and shapes when working with it are endless.
How long have you been part of Commonwheel?
I got accepted in this wonderful artistic family in November of 2017 and I'm so grateful for the opportunity, support and the motivation that the gallery members have given me.
What does making art mean to you?
Handcrafting each piece of jewelry is my creative outlet and therapy. I'm home alone most of the day (except for the last year—now I enjoy the company of our sweet Yorkie-Poo, Lilly) and having something to do with my hands keeps my sanity.
What are you currently working on?
Most of my pieces are dainty and minimalist in style, but I just got into cleaner, geometrical forms and I love the simplicity of the designs! I enjoy working with silver wire and shaping it into an accessory for women to wear is a very satisfying process.
Tell us about your process; walk us through the steps of your flowing creativity to achieve one of your works.
I usually say that each piece I create is a result of a mess – yes, a creative mess in my studio. I take out boxes of beads, wire and tools and spread the contents on the floor. The question is “What can I do with you?”, this results in a small “line” of creations. I pair beads with Sterling Silver links and earwire to my liking (that can take day or two at a time), then I assemble them which is the fastest part.
The same with the PMC – I take out textures, cutting templates, molds and I figure out what goes best with the particular design idea I have in mind.
As a designer who tends to create everyday jewelry pieces, I love hearing the exclamations of the women (mostly), that stop and admire my display case at Commonwheel. Each time I've worked at the gallery and I have customers stop and say “I love how pretty/how dainty this is” my heart sings, because that's me, that's my style, these pieces came out of my hands.
What is your favorite piece recent work? And why?
As I mentioned, I love working with the metal clay, my favorite piece is a Garnet necklace, that is very delicate and feminine. It can be worn everyday, but it also could be dressed up for a special occasion. I decided to oxidize the center piece to bring out the details of the floral texture, which shows the fine lines beautifully and compliments the gorgeous color of the faceted Garnet beads.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself?
I'm absolutely honored to have 9 pieces of jewelry selected for the actresses of popular TV series such as “Bones”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “The Originals” and few more.
Where can we find your work: website, social media, local stores.
At the moment my work can be found in two local galleries – Commonwheel and 45º Gallery.
I post pictures of my recent work on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EvaLineJewelry
and Instagram: www.instagram.com/evalinejewelry
You can access all of my social media sites from www.evalinejewelry.com where you can also read my story and see the pieces of jewelry featured on popular TV shows.