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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Carolyn Moran



The Artisan Group
 is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight Feature is Carolyn Moran of Care More Creations!

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CARE MORE CREATIONS

We caught up with Carolyn and asked her a few questions about her intricate wire-wrapped jewelry line, and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:





Tell us a little bit about your shoppe. 
Care More Creations, titled after my name, is a line of wire-wrapped, healing gemstone jewelry that I created in 2008 after my husband and I moved to Alaska. I went from a busy full-time 9-5 office job to living a serene carefree life. Needing a creative outlet, I began making jewelry out of my home overlooking the Kenai River, within eyeshot of eagles, salmon, moose and bear. Inspired by the breathtaking scenery and wildlife, I began studying and attempting various wire-wrap techniques, and with time developed my own unique style. I find it very rewarding to start with just two key elements: rock and metal, and using my hands and my heart, along with a few tools, I swirl, loop and tuck the wire into unique settings with no use of heat, glue or solder. The color of the wire, the curves and swirls of the wire setting and the little baubles I add enhance each stone’s unique characteristics of shape, color and striations. Although it was not my original intent, the frequent compliments I received when I wore my designs encouraged me to launch Care More Creations and since then my Etsy shop has become popular around the world and with women of all ages, especially those with a passion for nature and fashion.

What is your favorite product from your shoppe and why? 
Each design that I create is one-of-a-kind because of the individuality of both the gemstone itself as well as the wire setting. But my favorite products are the pendants that I create with raw natural gemstones. These may be rocks I pick up along a walk or incredible specimens that I inspect at my local rock shop.


When you're not handcrafting your fantastic wire-wrapped jewelry pieces, what are your hobbies? 
I love spending time with my family and friends. My husband and I enjoy fishing and the great outdoors. My daughter and granddaughter are my pride and joy, and any time I can spend watching them succeed and grow and be happy... well, it doesn't get any better! I also enjoy the quiet moments of lone time when I can read, reflect or just relax.

What do you like best about The Artisan Group? 
When Valerie Guerrero, founder of The Artisan Group asked me to join, I was incredibly honored. Becoming part of this fabulous team of fellow like-minded artisans and business owners is probably the most rewarding achievement of Care More Creations.  Being a member of The Artisan Group has given me incredible opportunities, such as displaying my jewelry and gifting celebrities at the GBK's 2012 MTV Movie Gift Lounge.  But it also has given me the confidence to take my shop to a whole new level, and having a team that cheers each other on is truly amazing. They are all so encouraging, inspirational, and fun, and they are always there to give advice, feedback, and their personal knowledge. I have learned so much from my TAG family, not only about my craft and business, but also myself.

We couldn't ask for a better leader in Valerie.  Her integrity, expertise and organizational skills have taken this group to a national level and I am so proud to be a part of it all.

    Carolyn recently participated as a display participant in a luxury celebrity gift lounge on June 1-2, 2012 at L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of the The 2012 MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters.

    12 comments:

    KilaRohner.com said...

    Great feature, her wire wrapping designs are amazing and the website it lovely as well.

    Rudraksha said...

    Great post!! very informative.
    Thank you very much for such a lovely and informative post.
    Navratan

    Rachel said...

    I love Carolyn's jewelry! I used to not like wire-wrapping that much, but she brings it to a new level of artistry and beauty, very well-defined and lyrical, not haphazard and sloppy as some other wrapped items I've seen. After seeing her necklaces in person, I'm even more in love! She's as much of a rockhound as I am, and her choice of stones is fantastic and drool-worthy! Love your work, Carolyn, and I've enjoyed getting to know you through the group, and in your interview here!

    judit blumenfrucht said...

    i love your wire wrapping, its so pretty. Good luck with your business!

    UniqueNique said...

    Great feature love the wire wrap designs ;~D

    Snuggle Bug Baby and ME said...

    I am always amazed at the talent it takes to do wire wrapping. By incorporating wire wrapping and healing stones, well... I'm impressed to say the least! Wishing you great success in your business. Your home location sounds so peaceful and calming.

    jrotem said...

    Carolyn is an extraordinary artist. I'm so glad I've had the pleasure to get to know her thanks to TAG.

    caremore said...

    Thanks each and every one of you....I am very humbled and proud to call you my TAG family! <3

    Janet G said...

    I love your website, beautiful work!!!

    Sherry's Jewelry said...

    Good work Carolyn! Congratulations!

    angie said...

    Great to learn about your work - which is beautiful!

    Anna Sonata said...

    Nice article, thanks for the information.

    Anna @ sewa mobil

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