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Moondance Alaska by Colleen Goldrich - Juneau, Alaska


karen beason
I began my adventure in jewelry design back in 1991. I was looking for a creative outlet so my mother-in-law, Hannah Goldrich, began teaching me the basics. I had no idea how much jewelry would affect me at that time or how fortunate I would be to have Hannah as an instructor. Hannah is a jewelry artist and metal smith from Eugene, Oregon. She has since continued to be a patient teacher, mentor, and inspiration to me. Her style and influence are reflected in much of my work and her life continues to inspire me to push myself creatively.

My ideas come from many places. I love to use unusual combinations of color, shapes and textures in my work. Color, which has such a strong influence on mind, body and soul, has always been important to me. I find inspiration comes in many ways. Something as simple as a leaf on a tree, a gorgeous piece of fabric, or my friend Terri, coming over with a new blouse or skirt needing a great piece of jewelry to pull her outfit together. I get it from my kids and the great ideas they have. Inspiration also comes from the incredible wild landscape of Alaska. From my home in the “flats” of downtown Juneau I am surrounded by towering mountains and the sea. The seasons provide an ever changing landscape of color and light and are a never ending source of awe and inspiration.

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