This weekend’s giveaway comes from an amazingly talented woman by the name of Amy Ambroult. Amy is the designer and creator behind the windows of her shop AG Ambroult elemental design. The works of art you will find in Amy’s shop are original one of a kind pieces. In Amy’s words,
“This is not silver jewelry destined for a velvet-lined box on top of the dresser. My hand crafted pieces can be worn and enjoyed every day, not just on special occasions. Wear it now, and thirty years from now, to add a small work of timeless art –a flash of cool, natural style– to your wardrobe.”
You can also find Amy occasionally blogging over at AG Ambroult elemental design, read about shop updates, get a glimpse at new pieces that Amy is working on, as well as some cool tutorials!
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you enjoy doing with your time.
Amy: I live in the Boston area with my carpenter/piano player/maker-and-fixer of all things husband and my two soccer-playing, animal-loving adventure-seeking girls. Me? I spend much of my mental energy scheming for and dreaming of “someday,” although it’s not lost on me that today, I am living the dream. Most days (in the summer months) involve time in my garden, time in my studio, time in the sun and water, and time playing cards with the girls. We are currently in a heated tournament of Rummy 1000, and I might lose.
Can you share how AG Ambroult Elemental was born and how it has evolved in the past few years?
Amy: AG Ambroult was a product of a natural progression. I graduated with a degree in Graphic Design, and worked in that industry for a few years, and quit my job when girl #2 arrived. Craving a creative outlet, I took some metals classes, which led to lots of tinkering at home. It wasn’t long before I hatched a plan to start a jewelry line, and here I am, six years later.
Have you ever taken a metal smithing class or have you taught yourself everything by learning as you go?
Amy: I’m kind of a hybrid. I have taken a good handful of courses, and I have also taught myself many of the skills I use. I have a growing library of books on metalsmithing and jewelry making, which I often find myself pouring through when I need to figure out how to go about making something I’ve never made before. The Ganoksin Project is a great online resource for jewelers, and I check in on the forums there, for advice when I need it.
Do your girls have a favorite piece of your jewelry that you have given them?
Amy: Yes. The both love the necklaces I made for each of them on their eighth birthdays, though neither actually wear these necklaces. You can see my Tall Girl’s is here, and the Small Girl’s is here. They both have them tucked away in their special boxes. It’s funny, they covet them.
Where do your new ideas blossom from?
Amy: Everywhere — dreams, other works of art, nature, completely unrelated conversations, a passage in a book, tinkering in the studio, happy accidents…there’s really no telling what will inspire the next idea.
Amy is generously offering one lucky winner a $50 gift certificate towards anything in her shop.
To enter simply leave a comment below!
For a second entry hop on over to the AG Ambroult elemental design shop and take a look around. Come back and leave another comment letting us know something you see that you would love to bring home.
For a third entry head over to Facebook and “like” AG Ambroult elemental design facebook page.
**Please make sure to enter each entry separately in it’s own comment below.**
This giveaway will close FRIDAY morning 8am EST. The winner will be chosen via random number generator and announced in this post shortly after. COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.
Thank you so much Amy for your time and generosity. You create some of the most beautifully hand crafted jewelry that I have ever seen!
And the winner is: Mary L. Carman, “I really like the bird of Paradise necklace and the wedding band.”