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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Muro Jewelry


Rosa Murillo from Muro Jewelry

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
Hello my name is Rosa, I am an Architect, Artist and Metalsmith specializing on colorful 3D wearable art. I use all kind of materials such as metals, wood and resin to bring my designs to life.
I grew up in Mexico in a beautiful city set on a valley surrounded by mountains that are so close you feel like you could reach out and touch them. My work is largely inspired by the mountains, recreating little landscapes with natural wood and encasing them in resin. Im also inspired by the geometry in architecture, which is my college degree. The resin and wood pendants that I make start their life as reclaimed wood that has been treated with resin in order to protect it from moisture, and then colored resin fills out all the beautiful peaks and valleys of the natural shape of the wood. I cut the wood/resin combo in smaller pieces with a saw and then decide how to showcase the uniqueness of each. Using a table sander, I shape each individual piece and then carefully sand them with 6 different grits of sand paper in order to achieve transparency and smoothness. Another aspect of my creative process is the use of Metalsmith techniques to create silver and brass frames to make earrings, rings and necklaces that I fill with hand pigmented resin. I like the freedom to make any shape and color I can think of.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
I absolutely love going to craft shows to sell my jewelry. I love the energy of connecting with people and experiencing first hand their reactions to my work. I also love Instagram as a way of sharing my process and my creative journey.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I’m excited to see the new work by Twenty Two West! Mary has recently added more ceramic elements to her lovely woven necklaces and I’m excited to see them in person.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
My favorite way to start my work day is with coffee and music. Lots and lots of coffee, and good, happy music. I am better at creating when I’m by myself and I can concentrate in the work. Being a maker is sometimes a lonely endeavor and I guess that’s why I love connecting with people at craft shows.

How did you come up with your business name?:
Muro is a play on my name, ROsa MUrillo

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
The best advice I have received is to not give up and keep going. It is so hard to see the big picture when you are overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a small business and theres so much to do and so much you can’t control, but trust yourself and know that hard work pays off.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
The best compliment I get is when people tell me how much they enjoy their jewelry and how happy it makes them feel. People remember things that make them happy and I love being a part of that.

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