Meet the Maker: Alison Blair Studio • Featured Artisan for Firefly Handmade Spring Market
Alison Blair Studio is no stranger to Firefly Handmade Markets. She continues to evolve her craft with new techniques, materials, and collections, keeping this Boulder girl at the top her game. We sat down with Alison to talk about her journey and hear what inspires her simple and clean designs.
I grew up under the watch of large, mysterious abstract canvases painted in ethereal, alluring color combinations like aubergine and golden flax, sienna and cerulean. The smell of oil paint and the tacky feel of the a drying palette piqued my senses. These are the nostalgic touch points of my childhood. My father was a fine artist and our cedar-paneled basement was where he spun his art. Burlap paint-stained cloths thrown over card tables, a dark-wood easel, and makeshift repurposed finds furnished this space that I now recall so fondly.
It took many years – 30-some – for the creativity he passed on to me, to manifest in what is now my alter ego: Alison Blair Studio Metal Works. My father’s mantra: “The key to beauty is simplicity” guides my hand as I etch, saw, solder, and form metal into unique and lovely jewelry designs and accessories. Mountain necklaces, whimsical dog-themed accessories, geometric earrings, and sometimes slightly-political statement pieces are just a sampling of what you’ll find when you visit my booth – a space that recalls my father’s studio of my childhood, with beetle-kill tables and stained wood boxes and handmade displays.
Small, delicate designs fashioned in sterling silver or 14KT gold, are created to capture a moment, a place, or a feeling – one that will emotionally connect with its wearer. Alison Blair Studio reflects what is unique to its owner. Beautiful art, like beautiful people, doesn’t have to scream out for attention, it just is. Simply.
We couldn't agree more, Alison. Visit and shop with Alison Blair Studio at Firefly Handmade Spring Market, June 9 & 10, at Embassy Suites, 6201 Canyon Blvd., Boulder!
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