Announcing an exciting new collaboration! I just moved Jen Aly Designs in to studio 256 (still in Riverview Station). I’m sharing space with Jessica Hall of Bluebird Designs. There’s a lot of colorful jewelry in here. Come check it out. We have regular hours 11 to 4 (often later) Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. We are in the front of the building, upstairs above Jonas Gerard’s new art gallery in Riverview Station, 191 Lyman St., #256, Asheville, NC 28801.
Jessica’s work is silver enamel work. Take a look at her colorful work here.
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My Top 5 Reasons to Visit Asheville
Over the past few years, Asheville has received national level press as a tourist destination, and for good reason.
After living here for a few years, here are my top 5 reasons to visit Asheville.
1. The Food-
You almost can’t go wrong eating here(as long as you eat at an independent restaurant and not a chain). If a place is bad it won’t stay in business and if it’s good, it will thrive. Two of the restaurants I mention were once food trucks who had amazing food. I’ve had so much good food in this town, it’s hard to list all of the options, but a few of my favorites (with my favorite dish in parenthesis) are Nine Mile(anything), 12 Bones(anything), Taco Billy(The Support Group taco), Gypsy Queen(Chicken Shwarma), Little Bee Thai (Pad Thai) and Sunny Point(breakfast sandwich or pimento cheese sandwich & their bacon). There are also places with unique atmospheres and great snack options, such as French Broad Chocolate Lounge(anything), Dobra Tea(anything), and Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar.
2. The Art-
Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD) is
a one mile area between downtown and Biltmore Village, along the French Broad River. Twenty two buildings, mostly converted warehouses, are art studios and galleries and have over 200 working artists creating work in nearly 20 mediums including jewelry, textiles, painting, encaustic, ceramics, and more. You could spend an afternoon or 3 days just looking at art. For a list of artists and hours visit here.
The mountains, rivers, streams, Blue Ridge Parkway, and more are all so close by. There are countless stunning views and waterfalls galore within
a 2 hour drive of Asheville. There are so many options so close you can take day trips, go up to the Parkway for sunset, or take morning hike and be back in time for lunch.
4. The People-
Asheville is a great community of supportive people, most who have chosen to move here. People are generally open minded, accepting, and are pretty comfortable with themselves and various kinds of people, so there’s not a lot of drama. We’re known for being weird and we work that angle often. You’ll see flavors of this when walking around downtown.
5. The Vibe-
Asheville resides on a massive bed of quartz in one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world and has the world’s second oldest river (French Broad) running through it. As a result, there’s an energizing and healing vibe here. It’s not something you can explain really. This helps understand why so many highly creative and holistically
minded folks are drawn here and part of what makes it a hot bed of creativity, healing, and beauty.
For more information on Asheville check out Explore Asheville, NC | Visit Asheville, NC’s Official Tourism Web Site
Chalcedony healing properties and turquoise healing properties are similar to each other as far as supporting expression. Turquoise is bolder and a bit more intense. Chalcedony is more gentle, more about harmony and peace as well…so powerful, peaceful expression. It’s a great stone for someone who identifies as a peaceful activist. Combining turquoise and chalcedony is also a powerful combination for a design. As I mention in the video, there are various colors of chalcedony. The two that are most supportive of expression are sky blue and sea foam green. Chalcedony healing properties vary depending on the color of the stone.
Chalcedony and turquoise necklaces can be seen in my on-line shop.
My three favorite gemstones (including one mentioned here) can be seen in motion in this video.
Jewelry Making Classes in Asheville,Wire-Wrapping Make & Take Workshops:
101: Basic Wire-Wrapping, Learn the 4 most important tools to have for wire wrapping, discover various sizes and materials for wire, and make two pairs of earrings or (earrings and a pendant). You’ll choose from various gemstones and a variety of beads to design your own jewelry. You’ll learn how to make a noose loop, how to use jump rings, etc. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6-8pm or Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 6-8pm, $35
102: Wire-Wrapping Briolettes. Discover more gemstone options and the addition of wrapping briolette beads(top-drilled). You’ll make two pieces of jewelry of your choosing (earrings and/or necklaces) here as well. Wed. Oct. 7 6-8pm, $35
104: Introduction to Hammering. Bring your hammer and steel plate (I’ll have some to borrow) to discover the basics of hammering. Explore heavier gauge wire and the implications on your design & materials. Leave with two hammered pieces. Tues., Oct 13, 6-8pm, $45 Register here:
Materials and tool usage are included in the price. I supply basic pliers, but please bring jewelry tools that you have if you’d like.
Wire-Wrapping Make & Take Workshops:
101: Basic Wire-Wrapping, Learn the 4 most important tools to have for wire wrapping, discover various sizes and materials for wire, and make two pairs of earrings or (earrings and a pendant). You’ll choose from various gemstones and a variety of beads to design your own jewelry. You’ll learn how to make a noose loop, how to use jump rings, etc. June 9, 6-8pm OR July 7, 6-8pm
102: Wire-Wrapping Briolettes. Discover more gemstone options and the addition of wrapping briolette beads(top-drilled). You’ll make two pieces of jewelry of your choosing (earrings and/or necklaces) here as well. June 23 6-8 pm OR July 21 6-8pm
103: Making Connections with Wire. Learn how to use wire wrapping to connect various components to each other to make more complicated designs, including working with chain to create necklaces and bracelets. June 17, 6-8 pm
104: Introduction to Hammering. Bring your hammer and steel plate (I’ll have some to borrow) to discover the basics of hammering. Explore heavier gauge wire and the implications on your design. Leave with 1-3 hammered pieces. July 1, 6-8 pm
Make a Pendulum & Release Emotions. Co-taught with Jacqueline McLaughlin Come and make a pendulum that holds your unique imprint, and then learn how to use it in partnership with essential oils to release emotional blocks that you may be unconsciously holding on to that prevent you from living your fullest life. July 12, 4-6 pm
Materials and tool usage are included in the price. I supply basic pliers, but please bring jewelry tools (pliers) that you have if you’d like.
Classes are $35 each or 3 for $90. To register send amount via PayPal to JenAlyDesigns@gmail.com or email me and mail a check to Jen Aly, P.O. Box 168, Asheville, NC 28802.
101: Basic Wire-Wrapping. June 9, 6-8pm
103: Making Connections with Wire. June 17, 6-8 pm
102: Wire-Wrapping Briolettes. June 23 6-8 pm
104 Introduction to Hammering. July 1, 6-8 pm
101: Basic Wire-Wrapping. July 7, 6-8pm
Make a Pendulum & Release Emotions. July 12, 4-6 pm
102: Wire-Wrapping Briolettes. July 21, 6-8pm
Come out of hibernation and learn how to wire-wrap jewelry! I’m offering level one and two classes in March and April at my new studio in the River Arts District.
Gemstones, jewelry, tea and chakras…. These are a few of my favorite things! I’m delighted to collaborate with Dobra Tea in Asheville for this unique event.
Gemstones & Tea: Support Your Intention for 2015
~Set your Intention for 2015 in asupportive environment~Learn about gemstones, chakras & do some journaling~Experience a tea from a special tea menu that supports your intention (cost not included)
Your specific ideas and desires for jewelry inspire my designs. I love learning about what you want and through collaboration,
empowering you to have it by creating it or referring you to another Asheville, NC area jewelry designer who can make it.
A significant percentage of the jewelry I have sold at shows in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and California have been customized designs. Often, those I make on the spot are variations of designs that I have displayed at that show. Customers pull together ideas from a design or two and their needs or what inspires them. This process of synergy with customers is so enlivening for me! Some of my favorite designs have resulted from this collaborative creative process. I love the end result when customers are delighted to see their idea and try it on and can’t stop looking at themselves in the mirror.
I’ve created a form to streamline this process more for everyone. This quick form helps us both get clear on the custom design you are looking for and takes into account not only size, color and other design features, but also which intention and meaning you want the jewelry to express. After I receive your results, I’ll e-mail you some ideas and photos based on your preferences, including your budget. You can answer the questions as many times as you want with yourself in mind or with a person in mind you’d like to give the gift of intentional jewelry.