Filomena Demarco Jewelry
Tell us about your business.After graduating with a BFA in metals from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, I started Filomena Demarco Jewelry, based in Somerville, MA and named for my great-grandmother, a fearless business woman in a time when women weren’t traditionally in business. When I began making jewelry, I found my interest was in creating wearable sculpture and that my inspiration was being drawn mainly from colors and forms found in nature. As I continue to develop and deepen my technical aptitude and style, utilizing the techniques of electro-forming, lost wax casting and various methods of fabrication, my initial inspiration remains, and I continue to draw from and incorporate elements found in nature in new and exciting ways. All of my pieces are handcrafted using sterling silver, gold, and/or natural gemstones. My jewelry has been included for publication in Lark Books and "500 Series" and can be purchased in galleries nationwide.
What makes your business stand out?What makes my business unique is as much about the jewelry as it is about the philosophy, intention, and feeling that is its foundation. Like many children, I loved wearing my mother’s jewelry, piling it on with a more is better approach. I had no concept of its value or worth. All I knew was the pleasure of wearing it, how special it made me feel. Inevitably, I’d get caught and, fearing loss or ruin, be forced to put it back. I have often thought about how much beautiful jewelry went unworn, locked away for safekeeping. The memory of this has shaped my relationship to jewelry. I believe it should be worn, that the value of how it makes you feel is more valuable than the object itself, no matter its monetary worth. While jewelry making may not be an obvious medium for storytelling it is what I love most about being a metalsmith. Whether from my own travels or working directly with a client, I love making one-of-a-kind pieces that will be passed down from generation to generation.
What's the best business advice you've received?"never give up" -mom
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NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
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JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
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