Amy Faust is another one of those artisans that did not start out in a traditional way. First, she became certified as a Life Coach for artists and a Canine Obedience Trainer. She had always dabbled in creating jewelry, and attended the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts after attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) in New Paltz. I was taken by her incredible gift of creating beautiful jewelry from found objects, specifically beach glass. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
Fine: How did you get from Life Coaching for Artists and Canine Obedience training to jewelry?
Faust: I received a BFA in Metal Arts in 1984 from the State University at New Paltz, New York. I did a course in coaching for artists in 2003 because I was interested in helping others achieve the same success that I was having with selling my work. The canine obedience was to fulfill a dream of working with animals and that overlapped my jewelry business for a few years.
Fine: Do you still do either of the above?
Faust: No, but I still consider doing them again.
Fine: At what point did you decide to incorporate recycled materials in your jewelry?
Faust: I have always used found objects and re-purposed materials in my work. I am very passionate about recycling and taking care of the planet.
Fine: Who or what is your most meaningful inspiration?
Faust: I am inspired by animals, minimalist art, and being outdoors and seeing the colors and shapes. If I find something on a walk that I can make jewelry with, that is also inspiring.
Fine: Are there other materials besides precious metals and glass that you would like to use in your work?
Faust: I am using pottery with images of birds and farmland. I also use pebbles. I fantasize about how I can make things with recycled plastic that would transcend and transform them into something beautiful.
If anyone can make something from found objects, Amy can. Check out her beautiful work here.