JCK Events recently announced the 2010 JCK Rising Stars who will debut their collections for the first time June 4 – 7 at the Design Center at JCK Las Vegas: Laura Alexander; Katie Decker; Lauren Noelle Fiabane (Noelle Leone); Ellen Himic; Vania Lee (Vanessa Leu); Jolee Mickesh (Jewelry by Jolee, LLC); Chris Ploof and Michele Scholnick (Branch).
Be sure to meet the the Rising Stars, Monday, June 7, 10:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m at the Design Center. Hear directly from the Rising Stars as they share their design philosophies, inspiration and muses.
Laura Christine Alexander
Laura Alexander’s background as an interior designer and builder, along with her love of travel, art, fashion, and architecture, helped her develop a keen eye for color and form. Alexander began designing one-of-a-kind jewelry in 1998, combining sterling silver, gold vermeil, and semiprecious gems. She also creates sculptural lines in precious metals with diamonds and semiprecious gems.
Katie Decker designs elegant pieces for women of all ages, concentrating on fine jewelry that may be worn for daytime or formal events. Using the highest-quality materials, she melds diamonds, semiprecious stones, and pearls with unique, whimsical designs available in 18k yellow, white, or rose gold.
Lauren Fiabane’s natural eye for style and her passion for jewelry design became apparent at an early age, and she continued to pursue that passion throughout college. Her Italian upbringing and passion for design made her a successful jewelry designer, fulfilling her quest for a career that’s both intellectually challenging and creatively rewarding.
Ellen Himic’s childhood fascination with small-scale sculpture led to a career in jewelry design. Following formal art education at Tyler School of Art, Himic spent several years of apprenticeship under an experienced jewelry craftsman. During this time she learned to harness modern jewelry industry technologies to bring her artistic creations to life. Each piece in her current collections is unique, sophisticated, and intelligently designed.
Vanessa Leu’s lifelong artistic and spiritual pursuit lends her a fresh translation of beauty. She inherited insights from East and West, gaining inspiration from contemporary Western art and Chinese art and philosophy. Her jewelry captures the subtle elegance and nuances of two cultures. She designs to express the grace and individuality of the modern woman, creating wearable pieces that are appropriate for different occasions.
Jolee Mickesh says form is the essential element in her jewelry designs. She uses her understanding of form “to create a flow and energy which moves through each piece of jewelry. It becomes my declaration of intent in each new structure. Precious and semiprecious gems may be used to enhance the primary design created out of various colors and karat gold.”
Jewelry from Chris Ploof Studio features precious metals as well as meteorite, Damascus stainless steel, mokume gane, and precious stones. Ploof says, “Our designs are timeless, and we favor function over fad and trend. Beautifully simple (but not simplistic), our work is often compared to the clean lines of European goldsmiths.
Inspired by inconspicuous beauty in nature, breathtaking architecture, and stimulating sculptures, Michele Scholnick creates pieces in silver, gold, platinum, and diamond accents that are clean, sleek, and stylish. The passion and creativity Scholnick puts into designing her pieces results in eye-catching jewelry, statement-making jewelry.
For more information on the Rising Stars and Design Center Activities, visit www.jcklasvegasshow.com/designcenter and check out JCK’s weekly Twitter-view JCK Conversation Pieces, featuring many of the Rising Stars, and check out their designs on the JCK Events Facebook fan page.