Getting to know ANNIE FENSTERSTOCK

New York City based artist, Annie Fensterstock, blends ancient goldsmithing practice with contemporary design to create pieces that are truly unique works of art.  Her pieces range from exquisite hammered wedding bands and diamond engagement rings to intricately hand-woven necklaces with jewel pendants.

SB:  Describe the first piece of jewelry you made that you were proud of.
AF:  I made a necklace in college out of a bunch of fine silver granulated squares, each with a different design, and one gold square.  I ate ramen noodles for a month to pay for the gold square!
Cuffs and pendant by Annie Fensterstock, available at The Squash Blossom in Vail.
SB:  Was there a turning point in your life that led you to jewelry design?
AF:  I took my first jewelry class during my sophomore year at the University of Michigan and immediately declared Metalwork and Jewelry Design as my major!
 
SB:  Who is a fellow jewelry designer that you admire?  Why?
AF:  My cousin Lauren Fensterstock is amongst the most talented artists I know.  She does some jewelry, as well as larger scale installation and work, using materials such as paper, charcoal and plexiglass.  Her work is powerful and beautiful, and pulls the viewer into her world of shadowy gardens and dark secrets.
 
SB:  Name 5 things that you could not live without.
AF:  Chocolate, coffee, a pen, a sketchbook, my family. . . not necessarily in that order!

 

Some of Annie’s life essentials.
SB:  Is there a piece that you sold that you wish you had kept for yourself?
AF:  No, my jewelry becomes much more meaningful to me when someone else is wearing and enjoying it.

SB:  What other career would you pursue if you did not design jewelry?
AF:  Children’s book illustration.

SB:  Describe a dream design that you haven’t made yet.
AF:  I’ve been wanting to make a locket with a wrought iron gate that opens up into a dense, lush Alice-in-Wonderland type garden

Locket and illustration by Annie Fensterstock.

SB:  Finish this statement: When I’m not making/designing jewelry, I am…
AF:  Spending time with my family.

SB:  What do you consider to be your greatest achievement to date?
AF:  Doing what I love to do every day

SB:  Name your most treasured possession.
AF:  My grandmother’s paintings.

“Boy With Guitar” and “Storm” by Margit Beck, Annie’s Grandmother.

See more of Annie Fensterstock’s jewelry on our website.