She studied fine arts at Cabrillo and once worked at the Patagonia Store. Now, her MendoCruz Jewelry sells online and at holiday sales in town.
nitially I was inspired to make simple hoops - something that seemed surprisingly hard to find. Then I realized there was a niche unfilled in Santa Cruz - quality, handmade jewelry that is both affordable and lifetime warrantied. I drew the warranty inspiration from my many years working at Patagonia - and the art inspiration from many years crafting jewelry (most recently at the Cabrillo small scale metal art program with Dawn Nakanishi).
"I use semi-precious stones (mostly from Bob & Arie at Monkey Girl Beads and various gem shows, festivals and flea markets), and gold-fill, silver-fill and brass metals," she says. "I am inspired by the natural environment and try to make designs that reflect organic shapes and color schemes.
Like the name MendoCruz, I am influenced by the beauty of coastal California and small, artsy communities."
She'll be selling live and in person Dec. 1 at Bantam. 11a.m. -3 p.m. and Dec. 15 at Soif. 12-4 TBA
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And come see us Nov. 30, when Patch Pays Your Parking downtown. We'll pay for all the meters on Pacific Avenue and have a table outside the O'Neill store.