For the months of June and July we will be showcasing the lovely handcrafted silver jewelry by Denise Heffernan.
San Francisco Jeweler Denise Heffernan’s inspiration is as much informed by the material and process of making as by the patterns and symbols she explores. Fascinated by archetypal designs found from ancient art, to the innate natural patterns of earth science, such as wave and sound forms, textures and natural phenomena, geometric and abstract forms. Creating an interconnection, an interpretation of these patterns in metal.
In love with the process of making objects from these ideas she weaves the patterns together. Growing up in a creative family, and with an affinity for making, Denise was encouraged from an early age to participate in art and craft. After training in Fine Art in Dublin Ireland, her hometown, she moved to California and attended school to become a pattern maker in San Francisco while working for local independent fashion designers. All the while she maintained her own art practice and continued studies and classes in sculpture, metal arts, ceramics, drawing, Philosophy, sociology and art history. While making found object sculpture she began producing jewelry after a friend commissioned a wearable piece. Denise apprenticed at the studio of David Navarro, a San Francisco sculptor and jeweler until he retired, designing and fabricating part of his collection. Since then she has been the sole independent artist designer and maker of her own studio collection. Each piece is hand fabricated one at a time using recycled silver, each design is original. Her work is available through stores and galleries.