Friday, February 8, 2013

Featured Artist Martie Rocco

Martie Rocco

by ©Peggy Gabrielson

It all started about 20 years ago; selling at a local consignment shop, opening up an online shop, selling at music festivals. Texture is how she approaches her designing style including a combination of wire, fiber, silk sari remnants and yarns, each adding variety.

"I named my business, +Martie Rocco Jewelry, in honor of my parents Sarmento (Marty) Martinho and Antoinette Rocco. They are kind and hard working people who brought us up with all the love and guidance any child could ask for, and continue to influence me every day."   

"I believe that as an artist your energy goes into every piece, so your mind set has to be in a good place each time to work on a project. Advice to anyone starting up a handmade business: be patient, work hard, and get yourself out there every way you can, tap into your muse and find a unique design that is YOU no matter what medium you are working in. Also, don't be afraid to be different or step out of your comfort zone.  Spread those wings and engage yourself in every aspect of your art, never stop growing and learning. It takes time and courage and a little Chutzpah to be successful."

Martie Rocco Guitar String Jewelry line made it's debut in 2011, when cleaning out her home studio found a box of used guitar strings. Sitting at her work bench she started coiling and wiring new designs in guitar string jewelry. She did extremely well at music festivals as a vendor selling her designs. 10% of all sales from her guitar string jewelry is donated to an organization called Guitars for Vets, her husband’s band had done a gig for them impressing her to give back to help their cause.  

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