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December/January 2020 issue of American Craft magazine
Author Staff
Ashley Willemain cufflinks

Cufflinks by Ashley Willemain

Ashley Willemain

Ashley Willemain merges her love of illustration with metalwork. Her sterling silver cufflinks feature hand-pierced trees and organically textured mountains. In her jewelry, the Richmond, Virginia, maker strives to help customers stay connected to “what makes them feel most alive,” she says. “I create little silver windows to the wilderness.” 

Rosa Murillo necklace

Photo: Courtesy of Muro Jewelry

North Carolina artist and jeweler Rosa Murillo’s Walk on the Moon series, handmade from eco-resin and powdered stone, conveys a view of the universe from the moon’s edge. Murillo didn’t start out as a jeweler; the former architect began painting after becoming a mother as a way to have creative time to herself. Eventually, her paintings became smaller and smaller, resulting in a wearable art as striking as her larger canvases. 

Inuikii boot

Photo: Courtesy of Inuikii

Since 2012, Cinzia Maag and sons Danilo and Alessio have been making footwear some might say are reminiscent of Moon Boots. Their Zurich company Inuikii has since expanded to include fashion-forward sandals and sneakers using fine-quality leathers, textiles, and even metals. But their handmade winter boots remain at the company’s heart. Each pair features patented natural-rubber soles and is lined with two layers of shearling to keep your feet warm, dry, and happy. 

Tree Fairfax bags

Photo: Tree Fairfax

As part of her anti-waste commitment, leatherworker Tree Fairfax uses as many pieces from the hide as possible to craft elegant, minimal wares that aim to help customers “move around lightly.” Her versatile half-moon bags – in black, cognac, mahogany, and russet tan – include an adjustable and removable belt, so they can be worn over the shoulder, across the body, or around the waist, or even carried as a clutch.