Making something out of nothing.
There are so many things in the world that have the potential to be beautiful. I am most often inspired by things that other people would throw away. I don't purchase items in perfect condition very often. Items have meaning when you've taken the time to create or refurbish them. Flea markets are my favorite places to go and find inspiration. I carry a small notebook with me and write down or sketch ideas. I often buy something and have no idea what I'm going to use it for. That item may sit around for a year or two, but it becomes the perfect solution to a design problem I have!
I work from home and although I have a sewing room and a basement studio my projects tend to be sprinkled throughout the house. I live in Sioux City with my husband and two year old son. My work is avaible for sale on Etsy, at Indigo Palette on Historic Fourth Street and at Plaid Peacock in Waterloo, IA.
Jacobsma, a master jeweler, has served the Sioux City area for more than 30 years. He majored in art at the University of Northern Iowa, where he became interested in jewelry and took classes on the subject. He said the most of his jewelry design and repair skills were self-taught and gained while apprenticing. A full-service jewelry store, Jacobsma Jewelry specializes in custom work, bridal jewelry, one-of-a-kind pieces, and repair of jewelry.
Jacobsma takes pride that 95 percent of the work of designing and repairing jewelry is done in-store. “I love working with jewelry because it’s all unique and I love seeing the customers’ satisfied and happy reaction when they look at it. I also enjoy being personally involved in creating a one-of-a-kind piece,” he said.
Suite 421 Commerce Building. By appointment only.
Susie Rodriguez, a Sioux City native, began her adventure in jewelry design in 2009. The popularity of her work has grown over the years and she currently has pieces in “A Piece of Work Gallery” in Spirit Lake, Ia. as well as her own gallery/studio located in Suite 421 of the Commerce Building. She has won several awards for her work including the “People’s Choice” award at Art in the Park.
She enjoys all types of art and has recently started painting with watercolors. She is a docent at the Sioux City Art Center and the Secretary for Siouxland Artist’s Inc.
Susie’s creations range from traditional to abstract. She incorporates unusual, natural and semi-precious stones, crystal, glass and various metals including copper, aluminum, plated and fine silver.