I have never considered myself an artist in a traditional sense, but rather someone with the innate desire to work with her hands. Even now, as I craft and design - a tried and true metalsmith, torch and all - I can not help but look back and recognize that it was my entrepreneurial spirit as a child in addition to my desire to create that ultimately supported my artistic endeavors. Friendship bracelets, woven in collegiate colors, peddled enthusiastically to friends and neighbors led to home parties with my early beaded works. Those beaded works helped earn me a scholarship which allowed me to attend Savannah College of Art and Design.
At SCAD Savannah, I broadened and honed my artistic and business skills, which lead to my dream internship in New York City in the jewelry design field. The internship soon turned into a job offer, which I ultimately decided to turn down. My entrepreneurial spirit was stirring and becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. So through much prayer and with the guidance of my parents (both successfully self-employed accountant and financial advisor), I launched Cameron Kruse Designs full time in 2013. You will find me most days working in my home studio in Athens, Georgia or at an art show near you. Check out a list of upcoming shows here - I would love to meet you!
MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
As a metalsmith artist, I fabricate each piece of my collection from start to finish using traditional metalsmithing techniques. All components are made with sterling silver or 14 karat gold-filled* metal which I then cut, solder, form, hammer, and polish. Every clasp, link, and stone, has been handled by me, the artist, with much care. After I give a piece its final polish, I often add natural stones or freshwater pearls to complete the designs. Because each piece is handcrafted, please note that subtle differences may occur, thus adding to each piece's character and charm.
*Gold-filled metal means that there is a thick layer of gold fused to the surface of the underlying metal. Gold-filled metal should not be confused with gold plate. The gold on the surface of gold-filled metal is quite thick and chemical bonded. It will not wear off, flake, or turn your skin green. You can wear gold-filled jewelry on a daily basis witht fear of discoloration or skin ittitation. Orcasionally the solder joint (where I fuse the metal ends together) may darken or tarnish. Simply buff the joint or small spot with a polishing cloth to bring it back to its original shine. Cameron Kruse Designs polishing cloths and dip cleaners are now available here.
HANDCRAFTED, WORN DAILY
Cameron Kruse Designs are simple yet elegant, delicate though durable, and artful while remaining approachable. Layering, mixing, and stacking is encouraged and allows each customer to create a custom one of a kind look. Cameron Kruse Designs are created with the purpose of serving the wearer in any facet of life they find themselves in.
WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS
Most of my days are spent working in my home studio in Athens, Georgia. The city's historic, vibrant downtown paired with the presence of the university has proven to be an environment that supports and even fosters the creative energy of my small business. Athens' close proximity to Atlanta allows for easy access to festivals (list here), restocking of retail shops (list here), and visits with my family. It should be noted that while I am still loyally smitten with Savannah (where I attended Savannah College of Art and Design), I throughly enjoy living in Georgia's next best city. Stella, my feline studio assistant, keeps me company while I work and is therefore granted generous napping privileges - studio sink included.