“A ring, a necklace or a bracelet can be more than a metal or stone object,” wrote Carolyne Zinko, Fashion Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. “It can also be the keeper of a memory – just ask its owner, or its maker,” (as published in an article entitled “New techniques, timeless tales at jewelry exhibition,” September 25, 2008 in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
This fashion journalist stopped by each of the 21 fine jewelry designers’ exhibitions to learn the stories behind the jewelry during her attendance to the Designers by the Bay event this August. As anyone who creates for a living knows, and as Ms. Zinko understood, jewelry, fashion, and all forms of art in general are personal and often emotional for its creator. Everything has its reason.
For John S. Brana, newcomer to the fine jewelry scene and first-time exhibitor at this event, his reason is to honor his creative upbringing and his inspiration is the city around him. John enjoyed the chance to show his hand-crafted creations to industry professionals, retailers and his peers as he reached into his case time and again to tell his stories and inspirations while curious attendees modeled his jewelry.
Future opportunities to view his work and to meet John S. Brana in person include:
Saturday, October 11. Heritage Boutique Trunk Show featuring John S. Brana. 4556 Dublin Blvd., Dublin, CA 94568. 925.560.6591.
Thursday, November 6. Art People Gallery Artist Exhibition and Trunk Show featuring John S. Brana and Klaus Lange. Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St. #41, San Francisco, CA 94104. 415.956.3650.