Julie Nolan Jewelry

American Made Since 2009

Julie Tomlinson-Nolan

Easthampton, Massachusetts
The first production studio, like many young businesses in New York City, was located in a kitchen, right next to my refrigerator.

Tell us about your business.

ARTIST: Born and raised in California, jewelry designer Julie Nolan was a successful print and television makeup artist in New York City for 10 years before demand created a career out of an artistic hobby. Her business has grown from Julie’s Brooklyn kitchen to a studio in western Massachusetts with a small staff of skilled apprentice jewelers. WORK: Popular pieces include pendants and bracelets based on a 19th century Swiss calendar of the constellations of the Zodiac. PRESS: Julie Nolan Jewelry has been featured in the Martha Stewart Wedding Holiday Gift Guide, SOMA Magazine, Country Living, and the Today Show. INSPIRATION: The clean lines of Isamu Naguchi, the surreal natural world of Alejandro Jodorosky and the drawings of Leonora Carrington. MATERIALS: Working primarily in brass, Julie Nolan is currently expanding her collection using semi-precious stones. She is also planning to start making decorative home items such as mobiles and stained glass.

What makes your business stand out?

Julie Nolan started creating jewelry 10 years ago in her studio apartment on the LES side of NYC. Taking inspiration from Jodorowsky films, thrift store paintings, found art and private press records, Julie’s individual sense of style garnered attention immediately. Through word of mouth, Julie’s designs found enthusiastic fans and what began as a hobby soon began to eclipse her day job as a makeup artist. Behind the scenes on photo shoots, stylists began using her pieces in editorials, models began taking pieces home, and what had been a private artistic pursuit soon gained a very public following. Encouraged, Julie began to sell her work, experimenting with new designs and techniques and constantly learning more about her craft. Julie studied jewelry at Studio Jewelers and worked with designers such as Randi Mates of Aesa Jewelry. Through Julie’s creative vision and the support of loyal customers, Julie Nolan Jewelry has taken on a life of it’s own and is now a full time business.

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    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

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  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 9, 2014

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    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

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