Emily’s crafts are inspired by Native and South American cultures. Her work includes lots of beautiful leather, beading and stones. Gorgeous!
I like to hula hoop. I work at Michael's Arts & Crafts. I intern for Handmade in America. Peppermint makes me sneeze. I am addicted to candy.
What got you started crafting?
I started getting into jewelry making in college. I took a metalworking/jewelry making class at Virginia Commonwealth University in Spring of 2008 & that is when I realized my passion for creating jewelry.
Since then, I have come a long way in different medians of jewelry making. From seed beads, to natural gemstone beads, to leather.. it has been quite the creative journey! Gathering inspiration from everywhere it seems, I have watched my styles change over the years.
What is your source of inspiration?
one thing holds constant in my jewelry making, it is my inspiration from Native American & South American culture. The wonderful textile patterns, bone carved jewelry, peyote stitch, natural gemstones.. I think we can all appreciate creating something out of natural materials or recycling old materials into something new. This is another aspect of my more recent work.
A lot of my work is ‘up-cycled’ from old jewelry, bags, purses, clothes, etc. I am a thrift store/vintage queen & I am always in search of making another persons garbage into something new, original & stylish. Whether it’s a favorite piece of jewelry that has broken or an old worn out leather jacket, I will reconstruct, reinvent & salvage every scrap I can! Which is why I consider up-cycling to be somewhat of an art.
What have you made recently?
Recently, I constructed a leather wrap skirt for myself. I wanted a leather skirt, mullet style made with this cool patterned leather I had. It took me a couple tries to figure out how I wanted it to look but I added a pocket to the side of it so I won't have to wear a purse with the skirt. I custom made it to fit my needs which is why I like doing custom orders for people.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
http://www.emilymajzer.com, Westvillage Market in West Asheville, NC, various music & arts festivals around the country and several craft shows on the east coast.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?