Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree.
California Native Jewelry is handcrafted by me, Jenice Anderson, in my studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. I work primarily with recycled sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones and have recently added naturally dyed fibers. Even the posts on a pair of earrings are made with my own two hands. I fell in love with metal work in my very first class. I loved creating something from nothing and the ability to make something I would want to wear and now something that I am proud to share with others.
My desire to celebrate my own indigenous culture led me to find a way to add color and textiles to my work. The Seminoles have a history of colorful intricate quilting techniques that have equally inspired and eluded me. Bringing color to my work is a way for me to honor that part of my background. A love of weaving led me to the beauty of naturally dyed fibers and a desire to learn more about the process. I soon found that California offers so many plants for botanical dyes, avocado, fennel, rosemary, passionflower, lavender, and the list goes on. The colors are truly extraordinary.
I am so inspired by this beautiful place that I call home. My hope is to create pieces to bring each person a piece of what California means to me. I have seen a lot of amazing places in this world but I always come home. I fell in love with the desert on a trip during the super bloom. I have seen the Yuba river at it's best and it's worst and loved and respected the power of both. I have laid loved ones to rest in Lake Tahoe and spent my youth wandering all parts of the Bay. My dogs have chased lizards in the rosemary, soaked up the sun on our porch and we have packed up belongings fleeing forest fires more than once. I have felt the earth move beneath my feet and shoveled a cars weight in in snow. There is a reason people say there is nowhere quite like California, it is beauty, power, and forever changing.
You can follow my making process, and my journey to explore my home state, on my instagram @canativejewelry.