Andes Cruz Desigms
Meet the Creative Genius at Andes Cruz Designs: Metalsmith, Artist, Creator, Designer, Fabricator, Marketing Director, Webmaster, Sales Team and Mastermind behind the Designs of Andes Cruz Designs….
The Short Story:
Handcrafting Quality silver (gold, copper, etc) Jewellery & Accessories with 20+ years training & experience.
My goal is to focus on my creative ideas, and craft things as best as I absolutely can; so they last long enough to be passed on in your family, generation to generation. I don’t follow trends, I follow my inner vision & ideas. I strive to be unique and original in all my creations. I prefer the extraordinary.Former Canadian Freestyle Ski Team Ballet Skier. Currently Coffee snob, Computer geek, Animal lover, Vegan, Markswoman, Motorcycle rider. Lover of the outdoors, being challenged, learning, art, creativity, and techy geeky things, thinking outside the box, and being past the comfort zone. Currently Computer Aided Drafting Specialist geek by day.
The Long Story: Where It All Began….
I was born with a love for creating… and rocks in my pockets. I come by it naturally you see, always stashing away pockets full of “pretty rocks” from the time of being a small girl. You see, I was a bit more of a tomboy, I’d rather climbing hillsides, looking for colourful stones, than playing with dolls.
As a young person, my first jewellery venture began well over 20 years ago, selling copper wire wrapped quartz crystals on beaded chains, in a consignment shop in Calgary, AB, Canada….
From there…. I made life choices, and big strides. Taking courses in Silversmithing at the Taos Institute of Art, followed by a 2 year apprenticeship with a renowned goldsmith, teacher, and entrepreneur of the field whom I respect immensely.
All the while developing my eye for what works, what pleases my senses, and gaining the skills and know-how in the real world to put the things together, in a way that not only made sense, but to hand craft with as much integrity and attention to creating things to be as well made as possible.
Somewhere between then and now, I attended the well known and respected Revere Academy of Jewellery Arts, and gained a Bench Technician Diploma.
Which leads me to now.
Still striving to create each thing new, interesting and as well made as possible.
I have a passion for stones, and cut my own when I can. And I love the lustre of Sterling silver, though I have the ability and tools to work on many other metals…..
Thanks for joining me on this journey. I’m just a creator, with a torch & crazy ideas; and the strong desire to create the greatest things. I hope you’ll love having them in your collections, as much as I have enjoyed creating them.
● 1998- group artist show at Cooper Rokkoff Gallery, Taos, NM. Personal theme: “Technical-Industrial”
● 1998- group artist show at Cooper Rokkoff Gallery, Taos, NM. Personal theme: “The instability of time.”
● 2001- group artist showing, ArtCraft, Saltspring Island, BC.
● 2003- “Heavenly Virtues, Deadly Sins” jewellery show at Object Design, Vancouver, BC.
● 2004- “Botanicals” jewellery show at Object Design, Vancouver, BC.
● 2004- Gallery Exhibit “Body Ornament West”, Western Canada.
● 2009- EtsyMetal Charm Swap #3, global group
● 2009- EtsyMetal Charm Swap #4, global group
● 2009- EtsyMetal Pendant Swap #2, global group
● 2010- EtsyMetal Charm Swap #5, global group
Education / Experience
Taos Institute of Arts, 1994
Two year apprenticeship with master goldsmith.
Own and operate my own jewellery business, aspects include: design, creation, fabrication, finishing, marketing, web page building and maintenance. 1997 to present.
Revere Academy of Jewellery Arts; Jewellery Bench Technician diploma: 2003.
Digital School; Computer Aided Drafting: 2006.
Associations and Groups
Etsy Metal – etsy team: 2009 – 2010
Makers and Artists of the Kootenays on Etsy: 2011- 2013
Metalsmiths Unite! global group (facebook and etsy) : 2009 – 2012
Jewellers, Metalsmiths & Lapidary Artists (FB group) 2009 to current
Chatty Metalsmiths – etsy team : 2011 – 2014
Leo Weaver Gallery, Ranchos De Taos, NM
Leo Weaver Gallery (Taos Inn) Taos, NM
Leo Weaver Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Cruz Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Mesa’s Edge Gallery, Taos Ski Valley, NM
Cooper Roffokk Gallery, Arroyo Seco, NM
Kalidascope, Calgary, AB
Pegasus Gallery, Saltspring Island, BC
ArtCraft, Saltspring Island, BC
Object Design Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Object Design Gallery, Granville Island, BC
Modern Eyes, St Albert, AB
a’licious boutique, Kimberley, BC
Sunkissed, Drayton Valley, AB
Melissa Caron Jewellery, Victoria, BC
Craft Connection, Nelson, BC
Valentine Jewelry, Westerville, Ohio
Wolf’s Den Tattoo & Piercing, Castlegar, BC
What People Say
Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.A. Lou Vickery
Inspiration is the only factor that cannot be copiedClement Greenberg
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.Steve Jobs
Creativity takes courage.Henri Matisse
Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.Anne Lamott
When you do something that’s guaranteed to succeed, you close the door to the possibility of discovery.Milton Glaser
Let’s build something together.
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