“Every child is born an artist, the problem is to remain one once they grow up.” Pablo Picasso
We wander. We stray. We find. We observe. We feel. We connect.
As human beings, we are all a part of something greater. We all strive to connect. We do this everyday in our lives. It makes for a more meaningful life.
My name is Janice Abarbanel and I’ve been making jewelry for 20 years. But prior to being a jewelry artist, I was in the accounting profession with my last position being an assistant controller. During that time, there was always this feeling of wanting something more – something that would be more satisfying, something that would feel more meaningful. It wasn’t until I found art jewelry that I knew I was home.
For I am a maker at heart. I draw, I revise, and I create. From working with leather to 2-dimension art it wasn’t until I took my first metalsmithing class that a whole new world opened up to me. As I worked on my skill, I realized there was a lot more involved with running a handmade business. There were many things I needed to learn. Things that would take me away from making. That has been my biggest challenge. But breaking down tasks into doable actions and setting goals have managed to keep me on track.
So why jewelry? Why do many women love wearing jewelry? It’s a form of self expression – just like fashion. I love to find things that are a bit unusual and pieces that not everybody would have. And I know that there are a lot of people that feel the same way I do. We want to be unique and express ourselves as individuals, our own style.
And when you have a piece of handmade jewelry, you are able to do just that. But also you are connecting with the artist’s craftsmanship, their story and the world around you. And it’s these connections that enrich our lives.
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Ten Things You May Not Know about Me
- I had a leather shop back in the 70’s.
- I have a 16 1/2 year old Coton de Tulear named Luca. He should have been named Velcro.
- I grew up in Connecticut.
- When I was young, I used to faint in church, no, really.
- My first car was an NSU . . . say what?
- I love to ride my bike in the summer – it’s a nice change of pace from the gym. I treasure every sunny day!
- I love listening to audio books in my studio – and podcasts in my car.
- Although I’ve only been once around 20 years ago, I love Arizona and look forward to the day I go back. The next trip to the southwest will have to include Santa Fe.
- I lived in Europe when I was 15 for the summer studying French. I would love to be able to speak French fluently and admire people who speak a second language.
- When I was young I used to be afraid of chicken hawks (don’t ask me where that comes from). I’d leave notes by my bed saying “If I’m gone in the morning, the chicken hawks got me”. I’d love to dig deep into that fear!