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Mixed media jewelry artist: Kharisma Ryantori Sommers

Kharisma Ryantori Sommers 

I'm a wire artist who incorporates metal sheets in my pieces. I'm a self taught jewelry artist with a degree in Visual Communication Design. I learned how to do wire wrapping in the Summer 2008 and opened my first shop online in November under the name Popnicute (pop/knee/cute). It has been a wonderful journey and it's fun to think of that I have customers all around the world. I have been exposed to many art forms since childhood through formal courses and self teaching from books but eventually found my calling in jewelry designing especially with wire. I feel like wire is the extension of my brain that I can manipulate at will to form a beautiful wearable art. I almost never followed a sketch precisely. Designing as I go is how I roll.

Currently, I've been busy preparing my work to be sent to The 2012 MTV Movie Awards, in association with The Artisan Group, that will be held in L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA from May 31 through June 2.  My jewelry among other participants will be distributed to celebrities that attend GBK gift lounge. I will be sending 100 of Popnicute Artisan Jewelry in 5 different designs. MelissaBeads and Magpie Gemstones are kindly sponsoring me with their wonderful beads to be incorporated in them.

Here are two of the designs I have finished, a bangle (top) and a necklace design (middle). These pieces are inspired by traditional Indonesian Batik. I'm trying to incorporate my cultural heritage as I lived in Indonesia for 29 years of my life before I moved to Quincy, IL to marry the love of my life. Indonesian Batik often featuring repeating patterns and organic elements from nature in their designs. That's what I tried to convey here without being too literal. To make it look ethnic modern and contemporary.

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