FEATURED ARTIST: Alexandria Battiste

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Tell me a little about yourself…

I am Alexandria Battiste, owner of A. Battiste Handmade Jewelry Co. I was born in Mobile, AL but I call Louisiana home. I currently live in Atlanta where I design and make jewelry by hand.

How’d you get started, or what prompted you to begin crafting in your genre?

I started making jewelry my senior year of college. I was starting an internship full time at a local school which meant I couldn’t work. I needed a way to make money and figured I may as well try something that I would like. I started Afro Chic GrEEK Jewelry and More, now A. Battiste Handmade Jewelry Co. and absolutely loved and continue to love what I do.

How long have you been an artist/crafter? When did you first discover your artistic/crafter ability?

I would say I’ve been an artist/ crafter since elementary school. I feel like I have always had those abilities in me so I can’t really say when I first discovered that talent.

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Where can we check out and buy your work?

You can buy my work on Etsy, my shop’s link is: WWW.ABJCO.ETSY.COM

I’m also very active on Instagram and give sneak peeks of what I’m working on. My Instagram is @abattistejco.

What do you think sets you apart from other artists/crafters?

I think that what sets me apart is that I make jewelry for a wide variety of styles. I make a lot of tribal, African inspired things, but I also incorporate simple, elegant designs. I also believe that I have a knack for incorporating a dainty elegance in tribal designs.

What do you get out of being an artist/crafter?

Being an artist for me brings a balance to my life. So, in essence it brings a sort of peace. Creating is a great way for me to detox from my work day, stress, etc. I love being an artist and making that art into a business.

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What inspires you to create the art you do? Where do you get your inspiration?

I’m inspired a lot by my surroundings. I use a lot of geometric shapes that are mimicked in nature and in our everyday surroundings. I think that this world was designed for us to admire as beautiful and to draw inspiration from it is only natural.

What’s the weirdest or most astonishing and controversial craft/artwork that you have ever created and how so or why?

I don’t think I have one. LOL, but a coworker/ friend was weirded out by the fact that I had a monk on my necklace. I guess that’s as controversial as it gets.

What do others seem to love about your crafts/art, as far as feedback you have gotten?

People seem to love the simplicity of my designs and in the same sense, the intricacy and uniqueness of my designs.

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How would you describe your style, or form of artistry?

I would describe my style as…mine. LOL

Do you have any future plans for your artwork/crafts?

I would really love to open a boutique/ store someday.

What is your advice to fellow crafters/artists?

I was given advice by a good friend who listened to me when I was in a less than ideal situation and really wanted to do my jewelry full time. He told me to “Let it take you where you want to be.”  I interpreted that as use your job, your dream, your physical location to catapult you into the place where you feel that you belong. We are not always going to be doing exactly what we would want to do but we should do what we can until we get there. While in the process we should appreciate and live fully in the moments we are given. That’s my advice.

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