Blind jewelry artist showcased in BAYarts shop
Jennifer Stringer has a unique story. Once upon a time in her life, she was a professional graphic designer. Her work in the realms of drawing and printmaking earned her recognition by The Plain Dealer when they dubbed her an "artist to watch." She had a clear path in life.
However, this life path changed in 2014 when she woke up unable to see because of a rare medical reaction. It was wire wrapping that she eventually turned to as an outlet, which was something she'd enjoyed as a child. Her sense of touch was heightened, and she used that strength as she created jewelry.
In 2016, Stringer officially created her jewelry company: Eyespire Designs. She says it "brought purpose back into (her) life." The designs feature sea glass as well as a variety of gemstones like raw amethyst and opal. The strong focus is on the way wire can frame and curl. Wire spirals add flourish to simple studs, while bold Celtic knots bring a pronounced presence to pendants.
Today, Stringer has 20 percent of her vision back, and a renewed and positive energy for life. Her jewelry company is flourishing, and items from her line can be found in the BAYarts holiday shop. BAYarts shop manager Linda Goik says that the cheeky "Lumps of Coal" earrings with actual coal are very popular as a gift during the holidays.
BAYarts is located at 28795 Lake Road. The holiday shop is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. More details at bayarts.net.
Jessica Stockdale is the Marketing Manager at BAYarts.
BAYarts is a cultural arts campus that features education, exhibition and events.