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Artist’s Spotlight

Marci Willey

September 2, 2012
Interviewed by Jessica Larsen , Reinbeck Courier

Artist: Marci Willey

Location: I'm originally from Waterloo and have lived in Reinbeck for four years. I moved to Reinbeck because it's a great community.

Educational background: I attended East High School in Waterloo and Hawkeye Community College.

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Marci Willey at her in home studio.
Photo by Jessica Larsen

Day job: I currently work at The Real Estate Group in Reinbeck as an administrative assistant.

Family: I am grateful for the loving support of my husband Jason Willey, and our four kids, Jackson, Olivia, Xander, Daxton, and all of my family and friends who support me in this adventure!

Medium: Antique jewelry.

History: I've been making my own jewelry for three years. I got started because I was tired of looking for what I wanted myself and never being able to find it, or if I did find it, it was out of my price range. I started making too much and I needed a way to exchange that with other people. I'm a self taught jewelry designer. My best friend, Kristin Guess, makes jewelry also and I started looking at her work to see what I needed to do to make mine better.

Tools: Assortment of jewelry making tools.

Inspiration: I really like taking old pieces that people might not think is anything anymore, or fashionable, and I like to use that and make something new that's more of today's fashion.

Favorite design: I love to use old antique keys and make them into beautiful earrings, necklaces and bracelets. I like to do custom work. A lot of times people will send me a picture of their outfit and I can make something from that.

Favorite colors: Bright colors are my favorite.

Favorite stones: Turquoise, amethysts, natural stones, I also like funky pieces to add to them, something that you've never seen before, very unique and different.

Technique: Wire wrapping and metals. I like to use jewelry from your grandma or great grandma's jewelry box. I want it to make pieces out of. Costume jewelry is my favorite. There may be one piece from that and I put that into a new piece.

Contact: Marci's Baubles on facebook or call 319 290 9677. Her designs will also be available at the Reinbeck Arts Festival held on September 22.



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