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If you said that Allison Heutsche was a jewelry maker, you’d be totally right. But if you called her a storyteller—whose tales happen to be wearable—you’d be correct with that, too. As the Ohio native puts it, “My pieces are representations of times and places in my life or in other people’s lives that we don’t want to forget.”
For her, those experiences include adventures painting in Ireland and working in a photography gallery in Martha’s Vineyard. But ever since Allison got her BFA in metalworking almost 20 years ago, creating jewelry has been a constant in her life. In 1999, she started focusing more energy in that direction, moving out to L.A. and putting in time working at a showroom and for other designers before starting Artasan, a line comprised of pieces hand-fabricated from flat sheet metal and wire.
Another key component of Allison’s work: her super-mindful attitude. Though she started concocting her company in 2004, it wasn’t until 2012—after clearing her plate and her mind with the help of some meditation and Kundalini Yoga—that she decided to give Artasan her all. And that move’s helped her to aspire to the Allison ethos full-time: “Nothing is wasted, and everything has history.” —serena qiu
BEHIND THE SCENES
Do you have a Pavlovian response to the word “pesto?”
Including one very adorable doggy.