I am a metalsmith, abstract painter, author, educator, and entrepreneur. I have an extensive background education in interior design, textile/surface design, abstract painting and metalsmithing.
Also an MSW, (a psychiatric social worker) I began my career doing art therapy. Taking hold of the Fine Craft movement in the 1980's, I began my own business representing numerous fine craft artists to the wholesale fine craft industry. I then created my first line of handpainted jewelry followed by a resin jewelry line and lastly, a sterling and fine silver woven jewelry line...all of which sold nationally through museum stores and fine craft galleries.
I also worked for many years as a commercial artist working for manufacturers of art supplies, creating trade show models of everything from tables to jewelry. I wrote several "how-to" booklets and magazine articles promoting those art supplies.
As a metalsmith, I've explored and created many woven wire techniques in the past 20 years. I have written two books on the subject: Make Wire Beads, the first self published book, has reached collector's item status. My second book on combining fiber and wire was Fiberwire Beads and Jewelry. I've taught numerous workshops on woven wire techniques at the UCSD Fine Craft Center and to art organizations nationally. I am also currently in two coffee table art books: Artistry In Fiber, Wall Art as well as Artistry In Fiber, Wearable Art. My journey with wire led naturally into finding ways to incorporate fiber art works into my palette of artistic offerings, many of which will be shown here.
Abstract painting has been the constant over the years as I've explored other mediums. Even while exploring and focusing on metalsmithing and fiber, painting has always been a primary source of stimulation, challenge and relaxation. This website finally showcases and speaks to the joy it's given me and I hope you as well.
In summary, I am primarily driven by an ongoing fascination with vibrant color, texture and movement. Everything I see has the potential to become artwork regardless of which mediums I chose: paint, fiber, wire or combinations thereof. I consider myself a very lucky lady to have such diverse mediums to inform my work and keep me constantly inspired. Follow me at: https://www.instagram/studiovanherik
My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization
, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.