Jewelry designer Annie Fensterstock at Squash Blossom in Vail, March 10-11
If you go …
What: Annie Fensterstock trunk show and personal appearance.
When: Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12; store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.
Where: Squash Blossom, 198 Gore Creek Drive, Vail Village.
Cost: Admission is free; art work available for purchase.
More information: Call 970-476-3129, or visit squashblossom.com.
VAIL — Today through Sunday, New York jewelry designer Annie Fensterstock will make an appearance at the Squash Blossom in Vail Village, along with a trunk show of her freshest designs.
Fensterstock is known for her mix of metals, including oxidized sterling silver, 18-karat and 22-karat gold and platinum, as well as her detailed craftsmanship.
Having grown up in a family of artists, Fensterstock discovered her talent for illustration early on. It was not until she started making necklaces for her friends and family that she found an interest in jewelry.
A passion was born
“I stumbled upon jewelry in an attempt to learn how to make a proper clasp for the beaded necklaces I was making for friends and family and for my brothers to sell at Grateful Dead shows,” she said in an interview with the Art Jewelry Forum. “I never turned back.”
She attended the University of Michigan, where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in metalsmithing under Eugene and Hiroko Pijanowski, internationally acclaimed Japanese metalsmith artists. She went on to study at the Jewelry Arts institute in New York City and the Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as Gemological Institute of America.
Now, Fensterstock works out of her home studio alongside her husband, who handles the business side while she designs and creates. Like many artists, she is always ready when inspiration finds her.
“I draw on everything,” she told Couture Musings. “I have sketches on napkins, grocery lists — all over the place. And my kids make sketches, too, so they’ll make sketches next to my sketches.”
Fensterstock draws everything out. Then, once she locks in an idea, she crafts it.
“I sketch and sketch and sketch and then create,” she said. “I’m constantly growing as an artist and as a designer, and I hope to continue creating jewelry that empowers and celebrates the wearer.”