Handmade in the mountains of Santa Cruz, CA
By Amber Duncan
Mountainside brings a rustic aesthetic into the modern times with jewelry that strives to be timeless, cherished amulets. Various forms are made using the antique process of lost wax casting, each piece is carved by hand into wax before being cast into metal. Other styles are created by hand cutting stones in a local lapidary shop, transforming rough stones into wearable art. Through travel, museums, old books and long days by the sea or in the mountains, Amber draws inspiration from wilderness, natural forms, American folklore, iconography, traditional craft and ancient cultures.
A mixture of idle hands and a passion for treasure hunting and creative reconstruction gives new life into neglected relics and ruins. From flea markets to antique shops, Amber slowly gathers beads, vintage jewelry, gemstones, charms, long lost pendants, broken chains, missing earrings, unloved trinkets and forgotten goods, which are then carefully cleaned, drilled, hammered, cut, soldered, cast, or reshaped. She is fascinated with the stories behind discarded objects, the unknown past uses and sentimentality. For each piece, a new story begins.
Since everything is based on reusing vintage materials, Mountainside is eco-friendly, and stands for a resourceful and free spirited way of life, against the unsustainable and mundane tendencies of corporations and mass production.