Saturday, December 19, 2009

Last Chance for Jewels!

Still need that perfect gift for the Holiday? Well we got you covered. Stop by my studio at the Northrup King today, Saturday the 19th between 12-5pm for a wonderful selection of handmade jewels from $48-$350. There will be collections from Emily Johnson, Betty Jager, Susan Frerichs, and your truly. Betty and Emily will be there to greet you all and represent all the pretty things. Shop local and support working artists this Holiday season. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Jewels, Jewels, Jewels…. (and Rita too!)

It's time to spread some Holiday cheer with, you guessed it, jewels!

Thursday December 3, 2009
we invite you to a very special event; Local goldsmiths Britta Kauppila, Betty J├Ąger, Emily Johnson, and Susan Frerichs welcome you to an open studio tour and Holiday sale at the Northrup King Building suite 435. All four ladies will be showing highlights from their collections of hand made finely crafted jewelry perfect for your Holiday gift!

There will be hand-made baked goods, new paintings, warm apple cider, live music and Jewels, jewels, jewels!!!

1st Thursday December 3, 2009 5pm-9pm

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Art Attack!!!

  • Friday, November 6th 5p-10pm ***Join us for homemade cookies to go with your homemade jewels
  • Saturday, November 7th 12pm-8pm
  • Sunday, November 8th 12pm-5pm

Just in time for your holiday shopping!

Our Studio #435 will be filled to the brim with Jewelry! I have lots of new jewels and plenty of for $150 and under, perfect for gifts, or a special treat for yourself. My studio mates: Susan Frerichs, Emily Johnson and Betty Jager will also have tables overflowing with fabulous jewelry!

Art Attack is an annual open studio and gallery crawl at the Northrup King Building, in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. The weekend-long event features over 200 artists working in painting and drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, custom furniture, fiber arts, metal, ceramics, glass, hand-crafted and custom jewelry, mixed media, mosaics, textiles, and more.

Art Attack is an exciting opportunity to gain admission to private studios and to buy original art direct from local, nationally and internationally known artists. Many artists are hosting special events, you can find the listings on the Northrup King website.

The Northrup King Building
Fourth Floor Studio 435
1500 Jackson St. NE, Mpls, MN 55413

Monday, October 19, 2009

"Shoppe Local"

The owners of Patina will open the doors of their new venture, Shoppe Local, next week. This boutique will highlight local designers and artists of all mediums. Find your local jewelry, accessories and other novelties at this highly anticipated shop near their South Minneapolis Patina location-- 813 50th Street South Minneapolis. Stop by and see a collection of your truly, Britta Lynn, and my other studio mates, Emily Johnson and Betty Jager. I am excited to work with such an exciting store and can't wait to see a whole boutique dedicated to the amazing local artists.

New Designs

I promise to post new designs as soon as I have a photo shoot. I am working on a collection of tree knot inspired designs with granulation and winged friends with a newly learned technique called Keum Boo. In the meantime, enjoy these never before posted designs:

Custom Design

I had the privilege to create a pair of custom designed wedding rings for a couple in search of new rings to symbolize their commitment. They stumbled upon me at a First Thursday at the Northrup King and found a ring they both were drawn to for different reasons. I love to name my designs because they each have their own story, but I usually try to name them ambiguous enough so each person can interpret the design to their own experiences and not just fall into my interpretation- but I have not settled on a name for this design. I have called this reticulated sterling silver and fine silver granulation design "Nature's Crown", "Seedlings", "Wave" and the list goes on. This ring fit the couple so perfect for different reasons: He is a landscape artist and the swells and valleys of the silver reminded him of landscapes while she is a student studying agriculture and she preferred the seedling interpretation of the granulation. We oxidized the finished product to give them a very rustic, earthy feel. They seem as though they were just pulled from an archaeological dig. I was very excited about these rings and the meaning they both had for the couple. I hope they enjoy them for years to come.

3rd place People's Choice Award!

It has been a very busy summer/ fall that has kept me at my bench and off the computer but alas, I have found some time for the world wide web. The first big event this season was the WJA Designer Showcase in September held at Stephen Vincent's loft in the Warehouse District. This is an exclusive event where local and regional artists showcase their designs for local and regional gallery and boutique owners. Here you can find a wide variety of talent and technique all within your local area. This event encourages owners and retailers to shop local and discover new and rising talent. It was a great atmosphere to show off my new collection. I was honored to win third place in the "People's Choice Award" amongst the other talented designers. Here are some photos of the event!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Art Fair!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Park Point Art Fair. It was a great success despite the weather! It was a great weekend to get out and partake in the local art scene. There was a great attendance accompanied with fickle weather (as always expected in Duluth... if you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes!) Check out photos from the weekend!
My new favorite piece! It's oxidized sterling sliver and 24 karat gold leaf with an 18 karat gold bezel set champagne rose cut diamond. The oval length chain is adjustable to a 22 inch or 18 inch length. This piece took me forever to create... but it was definitely worth the time!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Park Point Art Fair!

Well summer is finally here and it is already going so fast! This coming weekend is the Park Point Art Fair in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior. I couldn't ask for a better backdrop for my first outdoor art fair. Come by and check out the array of artists, mediums, music and of course jewels! Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Scenes from Art-A-Whirl!

Thanks to all for making our first Art-A-Whirl in the Northrup King Building a great one! It was fun meeting everyone and introducing our new jewels to the public. Me and my studio mates, Betty from 3Jag Design, Emily from EC Design, and Susan from Susan Elnora Metalworks, could not have asked for a better Studio Warming event. Enjoy some photos from the weekend in our new studio. If you missed us this weekend, stop by the next First Thursday on June 4th from 5-9pm to see all the latest jewelry for summer fun!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Art-A-Whirl is Here!

Art-A-Whirl is the biggest, baddest art crawl event of the year in Minneapolis. Every year more than 15,000 people come out to NorthEast Minneapolis to see the local talent of over 500 artists displayed throughout the Art's District. Come check out new collections of paintings, ceramics, fibers, glass, and of course.. jewelry!

Me and my three fabulous studio mates will be showing in our new home at the Northrup King Building. If you only hit up one Arts Building during the art crawl make this one it! Northrup has the largest selection of artists and mediums (and not to mention our studio!). Come by and check out my new collection for spring: The Garden.

Hope to see you there!
Friday May 15th, 5:00-10:00pm
Saturday May 16th, 12:00-8:00pm
Sunday May 17th, 12:00-5:00pm

For more information and art crawl maps, please visit the Art-A-Whirl website.

Monday, May 4, 2009

New Jewelry for First Thursday!

This coming Thursday will be my first First Thursday at the Northrup King Building. Every first Thursday of the month all the art buildings in Northeast Minneapolis open their doors for open studios. Come check out my new studio space and new jewelry this Thursday May 7th 5:00pm-9:00pm. There are a lot of fun new designs for summer. Hope to see you there! 4th floor, studio 435.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Nothrup King Building!

I have moved my studio to the Northrup King Building in the Arts District of Northeast Minneapolis. The Northrup King Building is home to over 400 artists with many galleries, shops and restaurants nearby. Me and my three studio mates are excited for the larger space and new exposure the NKB will bring. Every First Thursday of the month the whole building opens their doors for an open studio tour where you can meet and chat with the artists and hopefully find something you love! Find anything from paintings, ceramics, sculpture, fibers, and of course jewels! Come check us out on the top floor Studio #435.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rings as Personal Statement

Rings are always one of my favorite pieces of jewelry to design and to wear. They are a very personal piece of jewelry as many times they have symbolic meaning: wedding rings, class rings, mother's rings. Rings are special because they are enjoyed not only by the spectator, but the wearer themselves.

I love to work in ancient techniques and antique gems. There is a close relationship the piece of jewelry and the handmade process. I choose to work in granulation which was a symbol of the Etruscan culture, and rose cut gems which were one of the first styles of polished gemstones in history. Here are some designs that blend these styles and techniques to create a story for each piece and its wearer.

Monday, March 9, 2009

360 Goes Vogue

A Fashion Party Event! Gallery 360 along with local designer Kimberly Jurek will transform the gallery into a red carpet catwalk to unveil this springs newest collections by local and regional clothing designers. Don't wear your clothes naked! Of course you will need some fabulous jewels to accent your fabulous duds. I just dropped off some of my new collection for the big event. I hope to see you all there!
360 Goes Vogue
Friday March 13
8pm (come early to get a spot!)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Jewels, Jewels, Jewels!

So often when I start a piece of work, I have a sketch of my idea and I have thought about execution even before I begin the initial saw-blade cut or hammer mark. But as a I begin the process of the design the metal usually has its own intentions. I never create a piece exactly like the original sketch because as it evolves it becomes something of its own and helps direct me to the final design.

Britta Lynn Design Blog!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. Check here for photos of new work and upcoming events. I am excited to join cyber space and introduce my new jewels! Please feel free to post and leave feedback. Enjoy!