Sonya M. Fitzmaurice
Artist, writer, dreamer, creative soul. She is as diverse and unique as the jewelry she creates.
Through craft and commentary, Sonya’s work is published in Victoria Magazine, Tatler, Handmade Business, and A Beaded Life. Her former incarnation as a knitwear designer for over two decades affords a design portfolio of depth and diversity.
Always imaginative, she is equally captivated by larger-than-life contemporary art as the delicate pink peonies in her garden. She sees the meaning in each neighboring detail – color, texture, the mix of elements. Inspiration is found everywhere; she uses it creatively from beads she lampworks to articles she writes. As a designer, she is always creating. Everything speaks to her.
Sonya believes jewelry is like life – all about balance. It is an ongoing lesson, discovering new combinations that work effortlessly, others requiring time and patience to get just right. She aims to blur the distinction between current and classic, to keep jewelry fresh and on-trend, wearable, and artfully combined. Her favorite piece is always the one just finished. Constantly refining her skills, she studies new techniques and tests original materials to mix it up, adding creative spirit.
She has always drawn pretty pictures. Her kindergarten teacher predicted she would “do well in an artistic field” as an adult. At fourteen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream became a reality when asked to sketch and create all the costumes for a children’s production of the Shakespeare classic. A bit daunting was the task, not because she lacked confidence, but at the time, she didn’t own a sewing machine. It was a good thing she knew how to thread a needle.
Four years at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, graduating with high honors and two degrees, knitwear became her cozy niche, designing for Catharine Lover, Carlos Arias, and the Anne Klein license under Colette Mordo. Her designs have been featured numerous times in WWD, Saks, and Neiman Marcus.
About the craft
Jewelry is taken to the next level of originality.
By lampworking glass beads to coordinate with Deux-coupage™ pendants, each creation brings new meaning for one of a kind. Images and colors connect and complement. Each brilliant piece of glass is a reflection of the individual who will wear them – colorful, intriguing, intricate.
“I want every customer to feel this was made for me.”
Melting rods of colored glass, twisting, blending, dotting, and swirling the colors to create unique novelties is very meditative.
Goggled eyes and busy hands must focus on the size, shape, and hues, all while working in a hot flame. The softened glass can be manipulated in many different ways, numerous planned techniques in just one bead, yet sometimes the result is a glorious surprise. Hot colors look different in cooled completion, but the individual beauty reveals exceptional vibrancy.
Revisiting period craft with a modern twist spawns a new age of art to wear.
In French, Deux means two; coupage is to cut. Deux-coupage™ is an old-world craftsmanship technique renewed with a contemporary spirit. Each pendant or focal piece boasts two sides, one a captured image carefully transferred by hand, the reverse reflecting natural elements of stone or mother of pearl. As with classic decoupage, images begin as paper cut-outs and are covered in several layers of transfer medium to seal it. Once dry, the clipping is soaked in water to soften the back layer of paper so it can be removed gently to reveal a semi-transparent image. The image skin is dried again then applied to the mother of pearl, stone, or metal with the particular adhesive, and later sealed with multiple coats to secure the finished piece. This process is time-consuming, but the result resembles fine painting or inlay work, a glorious example of real decorative art to wear.