Meet the Vendor: Maija Brianne Designs
Who are you and what do you do?
I am a human with a quirk that makes me need to make things.
I work in my basement studio until late in the evenings with silver, brass, copper, steel, enamel and resin. Most recently, also taking advantage of laser cutting technology, I have found this combination of materials allows me to explore line patterns, geometry, color and reinterpret the built environment that surrounds us.
Outside of making, I live in Tacoma, have two kids, husband, a dog, and parakeet, and have a career in art administration.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
Resin, is an incredible medium that I’m so glad I discovered. In the past I’ve thought of resin as the material of paperweights that have scorpions or other exotic items encased clear plastic . But in experimenting with this two-part epoxy plastic, I began to use resin to fill-in small areas between pierced and hand-cut metal work. With the resin I’ve learned to create a plique-a-jour enameling effect, similar to stained glass, in which the material fills the gaps between the metal.
Thematically bridges, bridges and more bridges have been on my workbench. Striking patterns, an endless variety of intersecting lines and reinterpreting into beautiful and graceful jewelry. I love being able to create something that reflects a specific place or iconic structure.
How did you get started in your business?
It wasn’t until I had the lucky series of classes beginning with flame working, that led to welding, and culminated in Jewelry (about 10 years ago) that I knew I had found my medium and my passion.
In 2010 I launched my first jewelry business, 11:11 Wish and sold primarily online and on Etsy. In 2012 I launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and created the Tacoma Playing Cards through Tacoma Makes (www.tacomamakes.com) . Last year, I took some of the lessons learned from each of these businesses and combined them into Maija Brianne Designs. I have had the opportunity to sell at area retail locations as well as online, and look forward to growing this business and so appreciate the craft and artist community that Urban Craft Uprising supports.
My kids. I have two young daughters, and I love seeing their faces at different events in which I am working and spreading my handmade items. I know that by following my own passion, I am inspiring their own and letting them know that anything is possible.
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