“I really like that I could make a chunk of knickknack folks can go down via generations,” says Amie Preston, proprietor and artisan at OIGI Design.
Preston had a forehead-slapping second throughout her first silversmith class and thought, ‘Oh, I get it!’ — and now she’s dwelling her dream making one-of-a-kind, handcrafted wearable artwork to “encourage and delight.”
OIGI, pronounced Oh-gee, is the acronym for Oh-I-Get-It, what Preston calls the second of readability once you uncover your ardour. “Generally that second is life-changing — a realization or an epiphany once you really feel you’ve discovered what you wish to do, what you’re meant to do,” Preston mentioned. “Some solely need to put their hand to brow, others want a delicate faucet … typically it takes a giant push to alter instructions, and the ‘It’s value it!’ second.”
When Preston found her fascination with metalworking, she had simply began her twentieth yr as an govt for a fast-paced health company. Realizing what she actually needed to do for the remainder of her life, she left the company world after a number of years of instruction and coaching and now hand-forges distinctive silver USA-made jewellery — ”wearable artwork that speaks to the center.”
A part of Preston’s dream and keenness is to go alongside her information by instructing silversmith lessons. “I like to share the expertise of working with fireplace and metallic,” she mentioned. “When a scholar takes a category, I hope they stroll away with extra than simply information. I hope they stroll away with their very own OIGI expertise.”
Preston presents non-public and group silversmith lessons for rookies, Open Studio Time and Collection One and Two for intermediate to superior college students.
However she doesn’t do it on their lonesome. Preston credit supportive family and friends for having the ability to make the large shift from company America to designing and producing her artwork. “It actually does take a village to maintain a small enterprise,” she mentioned. She now shares a studio at The Monarch with three buddies and enterprise companions — Sage Artwork — who all relocated from Eden to promote artwork collectively.
Together with Preston, Sage Artwork consists of potter Barb Crosbie, expressionist painter Kate Bruce and watercolorist Susan Snyder. Preston says it’s not unusual for somebody to return into the studio and stroll away with a chunk of knickknack and a portray due to the harmonious nature of their artwork. “We simply click on … our artwork compliments one another,” she mentioned.
For her personal artwork, Preston makes her handcrafted jewellery of sterling silver, turquoise and different valuable metals and gem stones distinctive through the use of symbolism. “I like to create artwork that tells a narrative,” she mentioned. An instance is her personal silver marriage ceremony ring with a highlighted brass nugget that she refers to as her “brass ring.” “Once I married my husband Patrick Hald I actually caught the brass ring” her web site states. “When creating jewellery for others I attempt to incorporate symbolism, hoping that every piece will delight and encourage.”
Preston loves working at her studio at The Monarch with Sage Artwork and taking part within the month-to-month Open Studio Night time each First Friday. Their studio can also be open in the course of the Gourmand Market each Saturday.
Whether or not promoting handcrafted jewellery, instructing lessons, or creating one-of-a-kind fee items, Preston presents a particular want to her clients: “I hope you have got a number of of your personal stunning OIGI moments that result in pleasure and greatness!”