Rhonda Armstead - Jewelry
"A few years ago, I began designing and creating one of a kind handmade jewelry pieces: earrings, necklaces and bracelets. My inspiration comes from the earth, sky, and ocean primarily in shades of greens, browns and blues. As in nature, I incorporate some sparkle, like a raindrop reflecting the light on a leaf after a brief shower.
I start the designing process by thinking of a place I have been or something I have seen, drawing on the colors that I noticed. I then select the materials that express the concept in my mind.
To bring my inspiration to “life,” I enjoy working primarily with natural materials, using semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls and clay beads that I make by hand. I often incorporate glass or crystal beads, as well. Antiqued copper or brass findings work well with the colors and shades of materials. “Recycling” or “reclaiming” beads and findings is also a valuable resource that I draw upon.
In April 2010, I became a juried artist for the Prairie Art Alliance, now the SAA Collective."
SAA Collective Gallery
420 South 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Located in the H.D. Smith Gallery
In the Hoogland Center for the Arts
Tuesday - Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday - Saturday NOON - 7 PM
SAA Main Campus
School of Art (Studios),
Michael Victor II Art Library,
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, and Edwards Place
700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM