Greensboro artist crafts jewelry, inspirational art
Greensboro artist and Caribbean native Phoenix moved to the Triad from New York and has lived all over. She is all about peace and love when it comes to her jewelry and educational, inspirational art. On June 22, she will return to both the third annual Triad Vegfest from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and the 2019 Summer Solstice Celebration from 2 to 10 p.m. Phoenix may also be found most Saturdays and Sundays sitting outside making and vending jewelry in the sunshine and spreading her “good energy” at Deep Roots Market in downtown Greensboro.
Phoenix started making jewelry when she was a teenager, but it was only for a short while during a summer project. She picked this craft up again four years ago when she began homeschooling her children. She said she would try to leave them alone to finish a lesson. However, while she was in another room cooking dinner, turns out, her children would be doing everything except their assignment. She figured out a way to stay and sit with them, so they would stick to their work while she crafted jewelry. Phoenix said she was busy with four children and homeschooling to take time to learn crafts and is basically self-taught. She had a vendor friend who liked her pieces, so she began selling them. Eventually, Phoenix started to vend with her and then on her own after she worked up the confidence to go for it.
About six years ago in Atlanta, she had an idea to dress up her dreadlocks. She began making spiral pieces and enjoyed working with colored copper wire. She said people would want to buy them right out of her hair, but she started by selling them on eBay, Etsy and now Amazon.
“It’s my way to share them with the world, not around me.”
Today, Phoenix is still homeschooling, but her kids are older, so she gives them more freedom to do their work. In addition to jewelry, she organizes various affirmations and designs art for educational and inspirational posters, and card games. Some of her cards are match games for children with confidence-building affirmations such as, “I am awesome.”
“I really think teaching children is important,” Phoenix said. “Too many times, we forget to be careful in how we speak around them in their more impressionable years. We are all generators. I still have to balance my life with meditations and affirmations. I’m dealing with teenage boys, please!”
Phoenix can get lost in a conversation with her 18-year-old son, and she said that connection is so important to her. She likes to be there and listen to what he wants to talk about, which is politics for now. Every day she enjoys those conversations knowing one day he may not want to hang out and talk with his mom.
“I don’t have all of the answers, and there was a time when I found solace in Ernest Holmes books,” Phoenix said. “You’ve got to set the tone for the day each morning. Now my sons start each day with yoga poses and affirmations, too.”
Phoenix said that her card decks include teachings from her mentor, John Gallo, who taught her how to “reboot.” She encourages people to take their cards with them and pull one throughout the day to recharge “because you never know when you are going to get side-swiped.”
Phoenix was surprised at how much people liked trinkets, and when her trinkets started taking center stage, she realized it was a viable business. She works with electromagnetic frequency (EMF) deflective-coiled copper, and she loves how shiny it is. She also includes crystals that she works into necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and more.
Her unique Orgonite pieces are made up of copper, brass, stainless steel, aluminum shavings, and a piece of quartz with different types of gemstones.
She said these pieces start with a greased cup or bowl as the mold. Then she pours in an epoxy resin she mixes herself. After pouring in a partial amount, she begins placing various pieces so it becomes a layering of metals and gemstones with layers on top of layers and as it releases bubbles, she adds more resin and pieces until it is complete. Then when it’s dry, she releases the Orgonite from the mold and it’s ready to go.
She said that Orgonite is an energy filter that clears negative energy all around and helps to harmonize. She said it is known and measured to decrease the effects of electromagnetic frequencies from televisions, cell phones and more.
Phoenix said that her ultimate goal is to expand more online, be diligent enough to market her jewelry better on social media, and distribute her jewelry in stores. She began exploring various ways to sell her wares online just a couple of years ago and is presently becoming more “tech-savvy” as she redesigns her website.
TERRY RADER is a freelance writer/poet/songwriter, wellness herbalist, flower essences practitioner and owner of Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.
Outdoor jewelry vending most Saturdays and Sundays, noon-6 p.m. at Deep Roots Market, 604 N. Eugene St., Greensboro, third annual Triad Vegfest, June 22, 10 a.m – 2 p.m. at Center City Park and LeBauer Park in Greensboro, June 22, 2-10 p.m. at Summer Solstice 2019, 401 Ashland Dr. at the Greensboro Arboretum.