I’m Dorene Reggiani, the maker of Asarum Designs. I make contemporary adornments for the body and home using copper, brass, sterling silver, stones and crystals. I start with a flat sheet of metal, then I cut, bend, fold, hammer, melt, sand, and polish; developing a unique design as I go and leaving marks and texture that tells its own story. Each mark gives the piece depth and interest and highlights the lovely imperfections of my work. I currently live in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and work out of my home studio.
My process reflects how I try to live my life, figuring it out as I go and making decisions that look and feel right in the moment. I find amazing things happen when I let go of a plan and allow the moment to inspire me. It is this reason my designs are constantly changing and morphing into something new and current. It keeps me interested and excited about my work.
I love what I do and I hold that intention as I create, and in turn I believe my work retains those positive vibes.
My greatest inspiration has always been Nature, it is where I go when I need to get out of my head and just feel connected and grounded. I run a small gardening business as well as jewelry making which not only supplements my income but allows me to stay connected and be exposed to endless creative inspiration. My experience with plants has benefitted me as a jewelry maker in many ways. It has taught me to slow down and use my senses as I take in what is around me and to be patient in allowing my creativity to grow. It brings me great joy to take in the subtle yet fascinating and inspiring compositions nature provides, and it most definately guides my development as an artist and maker.
The name of my business, Asarum Designs, comes from the lovely plant, Asarum canadense, also known as wild ginger. It is a shade plant native to eastern North America and has the most beautiful yet humble deep red flower that becomes hidden under its two heart shaped leaves. It is a true gem and I plant it whenever I have the chance.
I am constantly influenced, motivated and challenged by all the amazing makers and artists out there. Appreciating other people’s work and building relationships with those on a similar path really helps to keep me going. I am also continually moved by the support and feedback I receive from family, friends and fans. I truly love the opportunity to meet new, interested people when I am out at a show.
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I’m really looking forward to Art Star Craft Bazaar In Asbury Park, July 25 and 26, come say hi at Booth #9, I’m excited to see you!