Bio: Julie Gilbert Weeks
Originally from Texas, I am a retired cosmetologist. I was inspired by a craft oriented Mom. In early adult years I worked with crochet and counted cross stitch. Later I developed an interest in creating distinctive wire wrap custom jewelry when I made a set for my daughter to wear to prom and a necklace for my son. Relocation to Arizona in 2009 brought opportunity to enhance my design capabilities through the tutelage of local, national and international jewelry artists. In 2014 my home studio was built, this is when I really began to work with metal.
Recently one of my artist friends described my work as ?Southwest Boho?. Sometimes my work is mildly contemporary or even a bit organic. Working exclusively with argentium sterling silver as my metal medium, I will occasionally incorporate other metals such as sterling silver, gold, titanium, copper and jewelers brass for accent or embellishment. I love making jewelry with movement, many of my pieces will have hinges and or jump ring suspensions for movement. Consistently attending workshops ensures continuous growth for my work. Most of my past sales have been commission pieces in addition to having excellent success with local shows.
I am impressed with the healing properties of natural stones. I always feel especially gratified when clients are excited about wearing and gifting what I have had the passion to create.