Monthly Multiple - a unique, one of a kind piece made just for the Heidi Lowe Gallery.
Every month is a new artist with a new piece of work.
This necklace was inspired from many dusk walks in Sutro Park in San Francisco. Up high on a cliff I watch the sun set on the Pacific Ocean and the warm sparkle of the city lights. Undeniably simple and beautiful. It is familiar and yet always different. I never get tired of it.
This necklace is created with a sense of ease; like the sparkle of the city lights at dusk you will find yourself returning to it often, putting it over your head and confidently stepping out into your day.
Meet The Artist
Name: Raïssa Bump
Born/Raised: 1980 Evanston, IL. Grew up in the Hudson Valley of NY State
Current Location: San Francisco, CA
Education Major: BFA Jewelry & Light Metals Rhode Island School of Design, Semester with Giampaolo Babetto at Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewelry, Florence, Italy
How did you come to jewelry: There is no tracing back to the beginning of me and my connection with jewelry. I always liked to wear it and over the years my curiosity of how it was made grew stronger and stronger. When I was young a college student taught me to make intricately woven beaded jewelry which I continued for years and I took my first metal working class in high school.
Where do you gather inspiration: Taking walks in both natural and urban settings, and making observations as I go. People watching. Looking at picture books. Reading and having conversations with others.
Does creativity run in your family? Is it supported?: Fortunately my creative path is supported by my family. It has been encouraged for as long as I can remember. Although I am the only one in my immediate family to pursue my creativity as a livelihood there are painters, photographers, art conservators, stone masons in the family. I consider my family creative with have keen eyes and plenty of opinions.
What do you do for fun: Cooking (and then eating) is pure pleasure and relaxing time for me. Yoga makes everything else better. A walk or bonfire on the beach connects me to beauty. A wander with no agenda (and perhaps even getting lost) feeds my desire for adventure. And reading…I could always read more.
Do you do other types of art, besides jewelry: I have a particular fondness for textiles of all kinds and spend a fair amount of time knitting. Whether hand knitting or machine knitting I enjoy playing with color, texture and pattern. I make sweaters, dresses, hats, scarves, and recently some blankets.
Favorite trip you have taken: Road trips within the US have been a favorite of mine for years. I enjoy the adventure. Whether it be for a day or for weeks, observing the landscape and taking in the variety, vastness and scale of it all kindles my creativity and makes me happy to be alive.
Jobs before you got into jewelry: Babysitting and house painting.