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A.W.E. Handcrafted Jewelry

Deb Soromenho of A.W.E. Handcrafted Jewelry in Bethesda, Md., describes her aesthetic as “modern bohemian.” That’s why the acronym in her business name stands for Artsy/Worldly/Earthy. But Soromenho didn’t begin her career as a jeweler. She started in oils and watercolor and moved to graphic design before she got hooked on wire jewelry. Soromenho switched to sheet metal to better integrate textures and shapes from architectural details she sees when traveling. “The freedom of creativity and form you can achieve with a piece of metal and a hammer is awesome,” she explains. Click below to hear her story.

This is one video in a series of interviews recorded at the Buyers Market of American Craft in Baltimore, Md., Aug. 23-25, 2010. Six members of the Capital Region Etsy Street Team (C.R.E.S.T.) shared a booth on the wholesale show floor, exhibiting work in a range of mediums and styles.

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Claire Patterson Blome

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Claire Patterson Blome is the associate editor of NICHE and AmericanStyle magazines. She is also the founder of the NICHE Blog, which launched September 2010 to bridge the gap between print issues and offer more frequent editorial to our audience of retailers and gallery owners. When she’s not editing and writing, Claire can be found at her home sewing machine, in the kitchen prepping farmers’ market vegetables or on her bike exploring new and familiar neighborhoods in Baltimore City with her husband Justin.

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