Art, crafts, color, play, create, hunt, find, treasure, recreate, refinish, reinvent, fashion, juxtapose, jewelry, freeform, textiles, patina, gems, pearls, wire, form, crochet, knit, weave
The basis for the name of my jewelry line, Entwine, comes from the techniques traditionally found in woven, knit, or crocheted textiles and basketry. I primarily use very fine gauge wire of silver, gold, brass, or copper to hand fabricate each piece. Designs start from a sketch and a palette of beautiful pearls and faceted gemstones. With a vision in mind, I string each bead onto the wire spool and then entwine them into each stitch. I love to work in an organic, freeform way, watching the shape and textures evolve naturally, rather than following a specific pattern.
The colors and textures of the mountains, rivers, and vineyards, in the Pacific Northwest inspire my work. My signature style is freeform crochet. Customers say Entwine jewelry looks delicate, but is very wearable, and the wire mesh and pearls warms to the temperature of their bodies. It has a surprisingly substantial weight to it. Crochet comes very naturally for me, and makes the process of creating play.
All my life I have enjoyed being creative. Growing up in the country in Western Washington, my mom had fun craft project kits on hand and enrolled me in arts and crafts classes with friends. Throughout school, art was always my favorite subject. In high school, my interests blossomed into retrofitting secondhand clothing, leading me to study fashion design and fine art throughout college at Wenatchee Valley and Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. My mom still laughs when she tells the story about me taking a pair of scissors to my knit sweater and it unraveling throughout the day. It was during my college years that I finally gained the sewing and pattern making skills to bring all my fashion sketches and ideas to life. I was amazed how tailoring could shape a garment perfectly to the body.
My new passion for jewelry design was ignited while studying abroad at Lorenzo DeMedici Art School in Florence, Italy during the summer of 2000. During a jewelry design class in Florence, I entered and later won a jewelry design award from Mikimoto Pearls. After graduating with my BA in 2002, my husband and I packed up and moved to San Francisco. Undecided between the two career paths of fashion design or jewelry design, I interned with Jessica McClintock and Koret of California. San Francisco was a diverse and vibrant city that inspired me as I walked through the city each day. My interests and medium of choice continued to refine from clothing to jewelry design.
Graduate school was inevitable, as I felt the pull back to academia, and the longing to pursue jewelry design more intensely. Working as a Textiles Teaching Assistant throughout graduate school taught me the intricacies of fabric structures and textile science. I combined classes from the Spokane Art School, the American Jewelers Institute, and the Gemological Institute of America into my required graduate courses to create a rich course of study in jewelry design. In May 2006, I graduated from Washington State University with a Masters degree in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles with a focus on Jewelry Design.
Since graduation, I have been experimenting with new wire crochet techniques and designs, selling my work through galleries in the Northwest, creating commissioned pieces, blogging, photographing, and teaching workshops and classes in woven wire jewelry design. I am always looking for new opportunities to learn, network, teach, and exhibit my work.
Entwine Jewelry Testimonials
"Jewelry Workshop feedback from student Jaki Wright"
Posted on September 12, 2009
"I think the pictures speak volumes about the workshop and your teaching style... upbeat, individualized, and clear instruction; creative, supportive, nonjudgmental environment; encouraging, thoughtful critique of the work. The participants are obviously relaxed, happy and feeling successful".
Review from Nara Woodland, Assistant Director of the Pritchard Art Gallery. Posted March 2nd, 2008
"As the store buyer for the Prichard Art Gallery, it is my great pleasure to speak of the distinctive ethereal quality of Prisha Brown's jewelry. I have many customers who visit the store solely for the purpose of seeing and buying Prisha's beautiful creations. I own several pairs of earrings and necklaces by Prisha, and I love the unique and well-crafted designs".
"Icicle Arts Jewelry Workshop, July 18th"
On July 18th I will be giving a workshop in Leavenworth, Washington at the Barn Beach Reserve. At this workshop participants will have a chance to learn wire crochet using fine gauge silver wire to create a one of kind necklace for themselves or a gift.
The cost is $55
The time will be 10 am-1 pm.
To register please call Anna Percival, 509-668-4663