Connie Verrusio














































There aren't a lot of people in my studio building, but one artist who is always there working is Connie Verrusio. I need to get an image of one of my favorite pieces of hers, with portrait heads carefully cut from assorted old coins, then framed and linked into a bracelet. I'm as inspired by her work ethic as her amazing craftsmanship.

Here are some photos I took awhile back of her work space. Update - she sent me a pic with another version of the coin bracelet - love this:

7 comments:

Leslie Avon Miller said...

I love this work! And it’s inspiring to hear of her ethic to be in the studio. Thanks!

Jen Bradford said...

I'm adding a link to some studio pics I put on flickr awhile back - an amazing space also. Glad you like them!

Marcia Miner said...

I love two of the drawer sets in Connie's studio; one natural wood and one with worn blue paint. The blue reminds me of those antique chests or chairs that are so highly sought after because of the worn blue milk paint.

I also love the way she has the packs of wooden rulers stored on that shelf. It is a work of art. Perhaps it IS an art piece. Aye, there's the rub! Reminds me of Lily Tomlin's wise bag lady bit. She holds up Warhol's Campbell soup painting in one hand and a can of Campbell's soup in the other. Raising one, says, "This is soup?" then the other, "This is art!"

The coin heads' bracelet is fabulous looking and the skill to carve those pieces is most impressive. Thanks for sharing her work and her studio

Mary Buek said...

Jen, I want every piece of jewelry on this page, and I don't even wear jewelry. She's a wonderful artist.

Anonymous said...

I think this woman is originally from Chicago and later NYC. If so, she's genius. Have you ever followed the evolution of an artist? She's true to the spirit and cause. Her ideas aren't just unique and refreshing, but always new and changing. Her sustainable outlook and chic delivery is model. She's inventive beyond the imagination...that's honestly why I say genius. Everytime I happen upon her work, it's evolved and I can't believe my eyes.

Jen Bradford said...

Yep, Connie is originally from Chicago. I don't know whether she ever lived in the city. I know she was in Maine for a spell.

I agree - she is always inventive, trying new ideas and materials, but there's a high standard and continuity to her sensibility that ties all of her work together. Very inspiring and fun to see.

Sparky said...

does anyone know how to get to connie verrusio jewelry website? i have one of her carpenter rule bracelts and love it! want to get more of her pieces!

debbie
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