The 39NS New Mexico State University’s annual jewelry and metalworking jewelry sale was held in the lobby of the NMSU Follett Bookstore, November 1st, from 7am to 7pm. All proceeds from this sale will support the NMSU’s jewelry and metalworking program.
This year’s 12-hour sale consisted of handcrafted jewelry made by NMSU Metals Club students and alumni. The profits will be used to purchase new equipment and tools and to fund student projects and activities as part of the NMSU jewelry and metalworking program.
Third year studio art student Isabel Solorza stated that NMSU Metals Club students have been working on their jewelry for the past few months.
“To see people come here and support us, even if it’s just about buying something and just walking around, it’s really fantastic to see that. So this sale enabled us not only to present ourselves, but also to give us some of this money back, ”said Solorza.
Third year studio art student Tashie Nevarez announced that this is her first jewelry sale and that she has been preparing her artwork for several months.
“We have to have a concept or get our concept approved and then we start binding and everything, we start with our prototypes. So it takes a while because what you see here was definitely not what we had in the beginning, so there is a lot of work and reworking before you get it right, ”explained Nevarez.
This sale also helps metalworking and jewelry students practice creating professional art pieces to sell, Nevarez said.
“It helps to create a similar tone for a similar professional when you become like a ‘professional professional’ and leave school. “Explained Nevarez.
Solorza specializes in metal forging and enjoys making jewelry as well as multimedia and performance works of art. Solorza said that her jewelry is inspired by her life.
“It is [specific pieces] those who are inspired by religious and gothic architecture because I am very religious myself. I find that I incorporate a lot of it into my artwork because that’s what is important to me, ”said Solorza about her jewelry.
Nevarez explained that she mostly creates painted and digital artwork, so the transition to 3D artwork was a bit difficult.
“I figured that I could combine what I can do like bookbinding and the like and make a sketchbook and make something like a portable thing [jewelry] that I would be interested in and I have a feeling that other people would be interested, ”said Nevarez.
Solorza stated that the money from this event will give the jewelry and metalworking program students more freedom in creating new works of art because art supplies are expensive.
“Art supplies are very expensive and it is amazing that at this event we can use the funds we raise to fund our passion so that we can keep doing what we love and we love doing our art, express it and share it with people, ”said Solorza.
The 40thNS New Mexico State University’s annual jewelry and metalworking jewelry sale will return next year.