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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Vivian Driskill - Jewelry Designer


My passion for jewelry design began with a class in which a late 1800’s shoe buckle evolved into an elegant, one-of-a-kind necklace. This vintage piece, which once adorned a woman’s boot or shoe, was given a new life and function. The ability to so seamlessly blend the old with the new – redefine vintage elements with modern design – fascinated me! Well, as the saying goes… “And the rest is history!”

Always having an interest in vintage and antique items, I have developed a great foundation for identifying unique focal pieces for my designs – those that I find irresistible, inspirational, and captivating. Additional elements, textures and sometimes unexpected components are chosen to enhance each distinctive piece. A great deal of time is spent during the design process to ensure that everything works well together to create a quality end product. Seeing as a vintage buckle, dress clip, pin or button wasn’t originally meant to adorn a necklace, bracelet or set of earrings, the construction/connection process can be quite a challenge! As each design is finished, it is named and the components written down and attached to the jewelry. In this way, a connection is made with the person(s) that originally owned the vintage component(s) and the new owner will know exactly what makes her piece one-of-a-kind.

Vintage Connections Jewelry caters to the woman who wishes to define her own individual style by expressing and setting herself apart with her jewelry. She is a woman who appreciates the quality and unique design associated with handcrafted pieces, and the confidence associated with such. While new clothing may not be in the budget this year, any wardrobe can shine with a few statement pieces of jewelry. A family heirloom or special find can be integrated into a design through commission work. I enjoy working closely with the customer to transform their focal element into a wearable piece that will be enjoyed for years to come!

Originally from Michigan, I currently live in Williamsburg, Va. with my husband and two daughters. When I’m not creating in my home studio, I enjoy working at the Nancy Thomas Gallery in Merchant Square, searching for great finds and spending time with my family, friends and dogs!

Click photos below for enlargements and call 757.898.0738 for purchasing. Come meet the artist Dec. 5th at Nancy Thomas Gallery, 145 Ballard St. Yorktown - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Linda Bolt · Vivian Driskill · Juliet Kirby

November 17 - December 18, 2009

 This article can be foud here:
• Yorktown Gallery 301 Ballard St. 757.898.0738
• Williamsburg Gallery, Merchants Square 757.259.1938
• Online Gallery
• Business Partnerships 800.939.4278
  Monday, October 18, 2010

Jewelry by Vivian Driskill

Vintage Connections Jewelry
This year at Nancy's 30th Annual Holiday Show she will have guest jewelry-artist, Vivian Driskill. Vivian makes wonderful, one-of-a-kind jewelry from objects she collects all year long. Many interesting designs using these vintage pieces will be available for purchase in the Yorktown Gallery during the show. Vivian will be at the event in-person on Saturday! Nancy's Holiday Show, "Snow Garden" will be November 13th and 14th. A great example of Vivian's jewelry is pictured below. One-of-a-kind art makes a wonderful gift!        

Friday, January 28, 2011

Vintage Connections Jewelry

Vivian Driskill will be at the Yorktown Gallery on February 12th showing her new line of handmade jewelry. Come meet the artist and see her new work for 2011. February 12th will be a busy day at the gallery. Bring friends!

"Vintage Connections Jewelry is a distinctive fusion of vintage, antique and modern elements. Each piece has the ability to transcend time by connecting the past with the present. With this in mind, the past is preserved in modern designs while creating heirlooms for the future. More often then not, several components from different time periods are used that creates a connection between generations, cultures and fashion trends. In this sense, a timeless piece is created that becomes worthy of being passed along. I love this circle of connectivity that will endure as each generation continues to wear the design in memory of the woman before her who had the confidence to express herself through her jewelry." - Vivian Driskill