Key to the Town: Green Box Arts Festival

This is a project that I worked in collaboration with silversmith and jewelry designer, Matagi Sorensen. I drew up the designs for the key and helped polish and hammer the final product. Each one of these is actually a small bronze sculpture! They turned out beautifully, and I learned A LOT about metals. Matagi Sorensen […]

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Upcycled Gems – Ethereal meets Earthy

Matagi Sorensen recently finished a wedding ring commission which I photographed. It was so difficult to choose which photos were my favorite for his website.

Normally I am not into diamonds, but as I was looking at the photos I found myself completely mesmerized by this gem. This diamond has an ethereal quality that is almost hypnotic. It doesn’t seem like it could be solid!

The stone was originally from the bride’s grandmother’s engagement ring. A closer look under the microscope revealed a color and clarity from diamonds mined from the 1890s to the 1920s that were regularly used in jewelry from Germany.
The ring has two sapphires and a diamond and was originally in a classic setting. Matagi’s magic turned it into something completely modern and completely original.

Check it out – Something Old, Something New . . .

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photography, jewelry and l’amore!

I used to just take photos of his work on stones. Now I use frosted glass—it creates an ethereal glow and a gently reflects the pieces.

I am really happy with the way the photos came out. It rained for about 45 seconds as I was preparing the glass for the shot. It stayed cloudy, so I didn’t need to diffuse the light—just went out back, found a pebbly patch of grass, laid the glass down on the grass, and voila!

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SNAG Surprise!

Matagi Sorensen is incredibly hard-working and incredibly talented! This last for us in Tucson has been a struggle—but push on we have.

The ad in South Scottsdale magazine such a nice surprise—I’m so happy to see his work being recognized and displayed so beautifully. Also, I am really proud of him.

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Quilts! Paintings! Jewelry! Oh my! Planned Parenthood Event Raffle Pieces

2 more days to this event!!! I framed my piece for the raffle happening at the Planned Parenthood Celebration of Women’s Health fundraising event in Flagstaff, AZ, on March 8th. The event is sold out – but you can still buy raffle tickets. They are $5.00 a piece, or 5 tickets for $20.00. Flowers Keep […]

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Moons and Gemstones!

My man has been on a moon kick lately. I love this amethyst moon! I love photographing his work (and wearing it, too)! Matagi Sorensen Amethyst Crescent Moon The color of the amethyst in this pendant is such a rich purple it practically glows. Amethyst is traditionally worn to guard the wearer from drunkenness and […]

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Feminine Form in Silver and Stone

Is it me, or is Matagi’s work looking more and more female as time goes on? I love watching the work evolve. This is just a sampling of the work he produced last month. The hollow forms must be bringing it out in him!

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Nature, Inspiration, and the Creative Process (and teaching and learning)

Sorenson’s jewelry designs frequently communicate ideas derived from nature. The organic forms in his work call to mind objects which are at once familiar, but perhaps not entirely known. It is this sense of mystery that elevates Sorenson’s work as a well- tempered response to nature. – Pamela Stephens, Phd.

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Shiny Heart! (to wear)

Matagi Sorensen “Heart Lotus” pendant made specifically for This batch is featured at Flagtaff’s 2010 Art in the Park.

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