Green Crafters, Part IV: Flying Anvil Designs


 

As I continued perusing the colorful and lively booths at the American Crafts Council Show, I felt myself gravitating towards the Flying Anvil Designs booth.

There is a very delicate balance between Julie Jerman-Melka’s fascinating jewelry: a strength and masculinity in the rocks alongside a delicate femininity of the sinewy (recycled) silver.

Julie, a metalsmith and jewelry designer for 27 years, works very closely with her husband Jeffrey. The pair have been working together full-time since 2006. While Julie is busy designing and fashioning her jewelry, Jeffrey manages office duties, orders, marketing and shows, and together they put on about 12 shows a year, traveling all over the U.S. They still find time to visit Lake Superior twice a year for the beautiful stones in Julie’s collection.

Of all the crafts I saw that day, I hadn’t come across anything as unique or visually stunning as Julie’s designs. The natural beauty of her work comes through like a crisp mid-August day by the lake. The rocks and pebbles she hand-picks from the shores of Lake Superior are a smooth, matte-grey interspersed with flecks and streaks of darker and lighter tones. In addition to the 100% recycled silver (which is hand-hammered, formed and forged!), she also uses high-quality, fair-trade gemstones and conflict-free diamonds. In addition to her eco-friendly designs, Julie and Jeffrey incorporate any eco-friendly practices into their lifestyle:

“In my life outside the studio we try to recycle as much as possible.  We’ve been eco-conscious long before it was in vogue.  As much as possible we try to reduce our carbon footprint by buying and utilizing local as much as possible.”

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Photos taken and used with permission from Julie Jerman-Melka, Flying Anvil Designs
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