Artist's Statement:

We are La Soucique Studio, a collection of one-of-a-kind, small batch jewelry designed and handcrafted by Kimberly Hanna-Wallis in Amelia Island, Florida.

Working in the smallest environmental footprint possible is paramount to us. Our passion is in traditional hand-fabrication techniques and the use of found and recycled objects like seaglass (saltwater/surf tumbled), beach glass (freshwater/ river and lake tumbled) and sustainable metals.

To us, these techniques best achieve our aim of controlled simplicity and understated elegance.

With every piece we create, we strive to achieve balance between these precise methods and the imperfections of the organic world in which we find our inspiration.

All jewelry fabrication, from the sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, polishing and setting, everything is done in-house and we emphasize that we use only beach or seaglass that has been naturally tumbled by the environment in which it was found.

Recent favorite seaglass and beach glass hunting locations include seaglass from southwestern Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guernsey and England, as well as beach glass from the Potomac River and Delaware River near Port Jervis, New York.

Our Process:

Each Found Object, our favorite of which is sea glass, begins as concept on paper. Each piece receives a custom fine silver bezel, set in 14k yellow gold fill or sterling silver. Each piece is hand-forged in Amelia Island, Florida, with each shape created out of the appropriate gauge of metal with hand tools (saws, pliers, hammers, etc).

The manipulation of each element has the ultimate goal of attachment  via soldering or soft soldering techniques.

That is when the job of polishing begins, starting with tumbling and ending with the buffing machine.

The union of the separate elements by setting each stone or piece of sea glass into the bezel and burnishing, and the final realization of the 3D work is the most brilliant part.

Our Recent Work:

Our goal is to highlight how timeless design, controlled simplicity, and sustainability are hallmarks of adornment, where found objects such as sea glass are the inspiration. We hope to emphasize the philosophy that no circle should be precisely circular, that no piece of sea glass is cultured, formed or shaped in any way, and that all jewelry fabrication is done in house from concept and design to fabrication.

Our recent mediums include seaglass from Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guernsey and England, as well as Delaware River glass from Port Jervis, New York.

Artist's Resume:

Upcoming Juried Art Festivals:

8/21-22  Metal and Smith Fall Edit (New York City, NY)

8/13        The Indie Flea (Gainesville, FL)

10/7-8    The Makery (Jacksonville, FL)

11/10-13  The Telfair Museums Art Festival (Savannah, FL)

12/2         The Handmade Collective Art Market (Jacksonville, FL)

12/10-11  Dickens on Centre Christmas Art Festival (Amelia Island, FL)

Past Juried Art Festivals of Note:

2016 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts as an Emerging Artist (Tampa, Florida)

2017  The Mandarin Art Festival (Jacksonville, FL)

2017  Jax Arts in the Park (Jacksonville, FL)

2017  Cherokee Park Art Festival (Louisville, KY)

2017 Amelia Island Shrimp & Art Festival (Amelia Island, FL)

2017 Moxie Craft Festival (Brunswick, GA)

2017 Glynn Visual Arts Spring Art Festival (St. Simon's Island, GA)

2016 Halifax Art Festival (Daytona Beach, FL)

2016 Telfair Art Museums Art Festival (Savannah, GA)

2016 Holiday Artisan's Faire (Atlantic Beach, FL)

2016 Dickens on Centre (Amelia Island, FL)

2016 Amelia Island Shrimp and Art Fest, Fernandina Beach, Florida

2016 Mandarin Art Festival, Jacksonville, Florida (3/26/16)

2016 New Smyrna Beach Art Festival (2/27/16)

2016 Port Orange Art Festival, Port Orange, FL (4/16/16)

2016 Hibiscus Art Festival (Vero Beach, FL)

2015 Cocoa Beach Art Show (Cocoa Beach, FL)

2015 Halifax Art Festival (Daytona Beach, FL)

2016 New Smyrna Beach Art Fiesta (New Smyrna Beach, FL)

2015 Ormond Granada Festival of the Arts (Ormond Beach, FL)

 

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