Becca Jett is a featured artist at AFA Gallery booth showcasing and selling her gorgeous abstract paintings and jewelry. In addition, she will be will also be doing a live demonstration workshop at the Interdependence Hexagon Project’s tent featuring plaster casting with found natural objects and recycled materials. We are exciting to have this talented emerging artist as such a big part of this year’s Lackawanna Arts Fest!
Have you always been an artist?
I can easily say that I have always been an artist! I have been creating through different media for as long as I can remember. My grandmother is an artist in her own right and has been a huge influence on my life and artwork- her bright color choices and love of fun composition in her quilts have always been and will always be an inspiration to me. I can remember helping cut patterns and practicing sewing with her, along with making other various crafts to keep me occupied! Once school started, I created: silhouette portraits in preschool, Native American pinch pots in kindergarten, abstract paintings on the underside of work tables (project inspired by Michelangelo’s painting method of the Sistine Chapel), and even copying comic books/cartoons to practice my drawing!
Tell us little about your jewelry making process.
My jewelry-making process varies (as does all of my use of art-making media!) but I will say that I strive to create what I like to call “wearable art.” It comforts me to know that the wearer will be bearing a piece of my heart and soul, as well as expressing themselves in a form of outer-appearance as aiding their own energies.
Some processes used for creating my artisan jewelry are: metal casting, copper electroplating/forming, and material-wrapping.
We’re always eyeing up your jewelry on instagram. What kinds of pieces will you be featuring at Lackawanna Arts Fest?
Thank you so much for your support and checking out my feed @beccajettstudio on instagram. Honestly, social media and marketing is so much work compared to creating!
I will be featuring some of my copper electroplated crystal rings, hand-wrapped leather and recycled material crystal necklaces, as well as non-objective paintings at the AFA Gallery artist booth this year, where I will be showing with a few more members of our gallery as well as helping with a participatory public painting project- come get your paint on!
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
To me, art-making in all forms has always been a therapeutic process. I believe it is why I started creating in my youth and have continued to throughout my whole life. When I hit a slow point, I can feel it in my mental health! Process is the most important thing to me in my creating and well-being, and giving back something that gives my viewer/wearer that same therapeutic synergy is what I’m all about.
Someday, I would love to delve into this even further and offer public workshops featuring the art process as a therapeutic means! That being said, along with the public art process at AFA Gallery’s booth, I will also be doing a live (donation-based) three hour demonstration/workshop at the Interdependence Hexagon Project’s tent featuring plaster casting with found natural objects and recycled materials. Both organizations are local non-profits- please donate and support the local arts! I can’t wait for the Lackawanna Arts Fest and to see all that it has to offer for the whole weekend!! Thank you for featuring me- it means the world to me!
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