Meet the Maker
I just finished participating in #MarchMeetTheMaker on Instagram, and it made me realize that I am super not good at introducing myself on here. So I wanted to say hi and share a little about how Quicksilver got started!
My name is Julie, and I began making jewelry in 2016. I started by learning silversmithing and then in 2017, I also became an electroforming artist. I’ve worked full-time in journalism and communications since I graduated college, but I’ve always loved making things with my hands. So Quicksilver became my part-time job. When I’m not in the studio, odds are I’m hanging out with my husband, James, and my cats, Pippin and Chopin, drinking coffee, obsessing over Game of Thrones, or doing something with my local community theatre group.
Quicksilver started as kind of a leap of faith. After we got married, I found myself with a ton of free time that had previously been dedicated to planning our wedding. I wanted to do something creative with that time, and this new chapter in our lives seemed like the perfect time to go out on a limb and learn something new. So with some encouragement from my husband, I decided to jump right into learning how to make jewelry!
We officially launched the following year, and Quicksilver has been growing ever since. We create all our pieces by hand in Iowa, but you can usually see us stopping through Minneapolis or Madison for craft markets throughout the year. We’ve taken Quicksilver on the road to markets across the Midwest, and we also made an appearance at Vancouver Fashion Week, where we made a jewelry line in collaboration with Zinc + Copper Clothing, an independent fashion and costume designer who also happens to be the greatest person on the planet.
We’re always growing and learning how to make new things, and we have a ton of exciting ideas that will be hitting the shop later this year. So keep an eye out!