Hello and Happy New Year, belatedly! I’m very excited to be celebrating the inception of something new on the Eclectia Adornments blog, a feature and focus on an Artist or Designer whose work interests and inspires me – hope you like it and come back for more!!
I’m very honored and excited to be featuring my dear friend, Krista Everage of Krista Everage Studio, and Everage Design, Inc., an interior design firm headed by Krista, who has a 5-year B.S. in Interior Design with a minor in architecture, and her husband John Everage, who holds an M.F.A. in painting and sculpture. (Check out their exquisite work at www.everagedesign.com.)
Krista began designing jewelry (under the name Krista Everage Studio) because of her awe of the beauty of gems, pearls and gold in their natural states, before they’re worked into a design. Her main interest and purpose is celebrating and enhancing the natural qualities of salt water pearls, diamonds, and gems, with the array of colors that the earth and sea offer up.
Krista uses her architectural, art and art history background to combine unusual colors and textures with forms and details from the ancient Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, and Byzantine cultures, as well as the Renaissance period. The sculpture of Diego Giacometti and Rodin are frequent inspirations as well.
Natural forms also enchant Krista, such as seashells, botanical imagery, animals and birds. A lover of the sea, Krista is known for her fine and wide variety of pearls – from golden South Sea baroque shapes to the blue iridescent Akoya pearls to a myriad of natural colored Tahitian pearls.
Krista carves the metal work for each piece first in wax and casts them with the lost wax process, and then hand finishes each piece, combining the raw gold from the heat and casting processes with burnished highlights, to give depth and richness to the metal, and to keep the sheen from over powering the gemstone or pearl luster. Her discerning eye has led her to determine that some gemstones demand a higher luster, while others are more beautiful when the gold is low key and satiny.
Krista, as a working woman, feels that fine jewelry should be worn during the work day and transition into evening, and her line is designed with that goal in mind. Her stunning jewels can be worn with a t-shirt and jeans, business attire or dresses, enriching the modern woman’s daily life. Many pieces are versatile, with chains that are adjustable to adapt to the wearer’s outfit. She often makes pendants on enhancers, so they can be worn on a long chain, a doubled chain, a string of gems or pearls or even a ribbon.
Krista designs her collection in Los Angeles, and works with a master goldsmith in downtown Los Angeles. Some of her pieces are one of a kind, and others are variations on a theme. All can be customized and she welcomes commissions, even to rework a client’s existing jewelry.
When working in silver, Krista offers a wide variety of hand finishes, from a lusterous hand polish to dark oxidized silver, or vermeil (sterling silver with a 22 k gold plating). The vermeil pieces come with a lifetime re-plating service.
Krista’s work will be featured at a pre-Valentine’s Day party (flyer below) on Wednesday, February 2nd from 7:00 to9:00 p.m. at the Ruth Bachofner Art Gallery in the Bergamot Station Art Complex in Santa Monica – please join her at 2525 Michigan Avenue #G2, Santa Monica 90404 (right behind the Santa Museum of Art) for an artisanal cheese, chocolate, and wine tasting (and Krista’s favorite “clean cocktails”) – should be a blast!
Please rsvp to Krista@EverageDesign.com if you’re planning on coming or for more information (or you can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org), and don’t forget to mention that you heard about Krista or the event via the Eclectia Adornments blog!
Here’s to a fabulous 2011 with lots of fascinating blog posts; please take a moment to sign up to receive them via email!! – Nicole