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Mara Friedland Jewelry Designer.Metalsmith

American Made Since 1998
2014 Wildcard Finalist

Mara Friedland

Flagstaff, Arizona
My jewelry&metalwork are inspired by the components of nature that are often not seen at first glance.
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Tell us about your business.

Hi,I'm Mara Friedland. I have a Masters in Fine Arts, with a concentration in Metals. My jewelry and metalwork are inspired by the components of nature that are not often seen at first glance. All pieces are designed and fabricated by me in my studio. The work is one of a kind and limited edition collections. Flowers capture my interest most and I am seduced by not only the color, but the patterns and repetitious shapes. I am fascinated when looking at a blossom closely, as if I had a magnifying lens, finding beauty in even the tiniest shapes and spaces. In my jewelry, I enjoy using silver, gold, resin, or the luminous surfaces of enamel to reference the colors and patterns in nature and celebrate these intricacies. To minimize my impact as a maker on the environment, I use recycled metal, look for responsibly mined gemstones, and use non-toxic material wherever possible.

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

My studio is located in Flagstaff Arizona, where I design and fabricate the pieces.

What inspires you?

My jewelry and metalwork are inspired by the components of nature that are not often seen at first glance. All pieces are designed and fabricated by me. The work is one of a kind and limited edition collections. Flowers capture my interest most and I am seduced by not only the color, but the patterns and repetitious shapes. I am fascinated when looking at a blossom closely, as if I had a magnifying lens, finding beauty in even the tiniest shapes and spaces.

What makes your business stand out?

My work focuses on Botanical imagery and elegance and makes others feel special as they wear the jewelry. I enjoy working with customers and "weaving their stories" through the pieces.

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

To be brave and enjoy the process as much as the product. The passion that they hold for their art is going to propel them, and that seed of creativity needs to be cultivated!

What does American Made mean to you?

American Made is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the artists which create the culture of our society. I feel the pieces I make are an important facet to our societies culture. I am proud to be creating pieces which make others feel special when worn.
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