Designer Spotlight: Patricia Baranyai
A brief story of what you do and why you do it.
I design and hand solder a line of vintage style jewelry and exhibit my line at craft shows in Canada and the United States. I also sell my jewelry online and to stores. I have always had a love for jewelry and old world design. I love to design and photograph my jewelry in a way that reflects an age gone by.
How did you get into jewelry design?
After quitting my “real job” many years ago I began to make various things and pursue my desire to create an income using my artistic abilities. Once I started to make jewelry I became addicted and I still go to bed at night with visions of what I will create.
What makes your collection unique?
My collection is all hand soldered and professionally plated in a vintage gold. Some of my work incorporates hand sculpting and my original paintings.
What are your inspirations?
My inspiration comes from the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau period. I keep a library of books on antique jewelry and famous jewelry designers for inspirational reference.
How are you making a difference in your life?
I love that I have been able to stay at home with my girls who are 10 and 5 years old. When we travel to exhibit at shows we take them with us and they love that.
What's something unusual about you that makes you “you”?
I am a typical Gemini with many interests. I not only love vintage but, deeply appreciate all styles and periods. I am able to integrate my love for graphic design, fashion, jewelry design, photography and writing in a way that really enhances my business.
What's the biggest struggle in running your jewelry business like a business?
My biggest struggle is wearing too many hats and not having enough hours in the day to accomplish all that will help my business. I live in a world of constant interruptions which takes a toll on my ability to focus.
I grew up in an artistic family and have studied various artistic forms such as painting, life drawing, photography, silver metal work, ceramics and sculpture, graphic design and fashion design. From the age of seven I have had a passion for the Victorian era and derive inspiration for my jewelry from the 1800's to the early 1900's.