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Today we’d like to introduce you to James Deans.

James, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
A few years ago, my parents asked what I would like for Christmas. Wire wrapping had always piqued my interest because I was intrigued by crystals and their metaphysical properties. So, I asked for a wire wrapped pendant, but at the time, my family did not have much money so my request simply wasn’t in the cards is that they can be quite pricey. However, somewhere down the line, I noticed my friend Andrew had been wrapping rings and pendants so I asked if he would make me a ring which I would be able to afford through the “homie hook-up.” Well, at the time, he was very busy with his studies and was unable to make the ring for me. So… I thought, “how hard could it be?” And decided to scrounge up some materials at hobby lobby and try making my own… it turned out that it was a lot harder than my peers had made it seem, but around the third try, it wasn’t half bad! Over the course of a month or so, I began wrapping stones more often which caught the attention of my best friend Tyler. He shot me a text and said he wanted me to come over to his house asap, but wouldn’t say what for. When I arrived at Tyler’s, he sat me down and told me that he had a feeling that I was going to be amazing at twisting (wrapping) wire and handed me a binder full of business ideas, marketing tactics, the works. He mentioned to me that a man named Jeff would come into Sherwin Williams, where he manages, to buy paint and that his wife owned a gallery out in Bloomingdale. Upon seeing my work, Jenn, the owner of the gallery, demanded to Tyler that she meet me at once. So, Tyler being the supportive friend that he is, set up an interview with Jenn and me to meet. Following the interview, I was accepted into the gallery where my work is currently on display and for sale to the public!

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I wrap semi-precious and precious minerals and gemstones in semi-precious and precious metals. I twist pendants, earrings, bracelets, anything. But rings are my specialty. When I first began taking my wrapping seriously, I told myself that one day I’d be confident enough in my craft to twist my fiancee her engagement ring. For me, in my opinion, an engagement ring should be an extension of one’s self to their significant other. The importance is not in the number of diamonds set or the absurd amount of money spent to show that appreciation. But, the time, care, though, and consideration that went into the piece. Specific stones from a certain region of the world, the purpose, meaning, and properties of said stone(s). To me, that is thoughtful. That shows compassion. Although, I have not yet proposed, having made engagement rings and wedding bands for others simply means I’m that much closer to my goal which is a tremendous feeling.

The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
No matter what, Dont, Give, Up. We as humans are capable of remarkable things and the more effort put forth, the greater the return. There was a time, recently, when I was house-less, sleeping in my car, recycling every bit of money I had back into my business. Going to local parks to sit and twist rings because I refused to let my obstacles get the best of me and diminish all that I had built in such a short period of time. Sure enough, it paid off and I’m moving into a one-bedroom apartment in St. Charles hopefully within the next couple weeks!

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Currently, my work is on display and for sale at the Peace of Art Gallery in Stratford Mall. However, I am also on Instagram, Facebook, Etsy, and available for custom work via email. As well as, fairs and festivals across the country throughout the year.

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Image Credit:
Jennifer Mroz (@gingerpeachtree)

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