Dana Marie Burmeister is an artist, trained jeweler, and bookbinder with an exclusive line of jewelry, belt buckles, sketchbooks, journals, and other home and personal accessories. We spent some time with Dana, and here are some highlights from her story in the current edition:
"My business, Rara Avis, is a one-woman show and a conglomerate of my experience and my mind’s eye. “Rara Avis” means “rare bird” in Latin and is a descriptor for a rare or unusual person or thing. I hope that my work is well encompassed by this metaphor, and if it’s not yet, that will be a lifelong pursuit.
I derive tremendous inspiration from shapes I see in everyday life and hunt them down with intention. Cracks in dried mud, broken asphalt in parking lots, shattered dishes, beaten river rocks: all are of immense interest to me and bring an indescribable joy. I have thousands of pieces of found objects stored away in my art studio, along with an immense mineral, gem, and fossil collection dating back to my childhood.
Much of my jewelry is designed after a mobile. I love the energy of the independence yet interdependence of each shape that hangs from the shared form. The pieces in my jewelry follow this same dynamic, as they are each independently set, so the wearer is free to adjust them into a variety of orientations. The pieces essentially “shape-shift” and are a dynamic, moving, changing object."
~ Dana Marie Burmeister, artist
Learn more about Dana and her beautiful work in our current edition. Purchase your copy today!