Linda Paine

The blending or fusion of materials and mediums with an emphasis on learning from varied cultural influences is the hallmark of my woven jewelry collection.  My interests in weaving and jewelry blossomed wandering the desert souks bargaining with Bedouin women for their hand spun/dyed balls of wool and silver tribal Saudi jewelry.  First learning tapestry weaving and later studying Saudi Arabia’s desert nomad use of warp weaving to form narrow rugs and tents sides led me to discover my methodology which I refer to as “creativity within structure”.  Utilizing this warp weaving technique each bracelet requires construction of an individual loom and distinctive warp and weft which is then incorporated into the jewelry piece.  As a weaver, I am fascinated with the effects created by intertwining of colors.  Sterling silver is offset by 14/20 yellow or rose gold-filled.  My body of work is especially noted for blending yellow/rose gold to present a subtle tone or shading for a bracelet or necklace.  I also delve into the ancient art of chain weaving to offer necklaces, bracelets, rings and ERs to compliment the woven pieces.  

Recent creations have explored my fascination with creating fluidity and drape utilizing 2310 Austrian Swarovski crystals interwoven with 1100 twenty-four kt. gold metal or sterling silver balls in elegant 34 inch ribbons of glass which encircle the neck with just one fold over – invoking the glamour of the 1930 / 40s era.  Drop by to try on the “Moonlight on New Snow” which sparkles like diamonds!

I have lived a life of melding geography and cultures; thus, my art jewelry is the culmination of appreciating and borrowing from these life experiences.  I do only a few pieces of each design, and then I am captured by a fresh design challenge – so check back often to view my ever changing collection.  This season’s collection includes rainbow like colors reflected in anodized niobium and titanium dressed in yellow gold or sterling silver.  Please contact me directly (207-677-2263) for special requests or sizing issues.                    www.fantastikjewelrystudio.com