An effervescent matrix of tiny circles balances strong lines in each of my collections, creating movement and flow akin to that of a living organism. From this, symmetry and harmony emerge in otherwise asymmetrical designs. Each design incorporates both yin and yang energy to realize its fullest composition.
The circle is present in our universe on all levels, from microscopic examination of the tiniest organism to the largest, most incomprehensible ball of everything, the universe itself. It symbolizes flow, completion, cycle, and most importantly - harmony. The wearer shall be grounded in the power of the circle. Chaos is present in all of us and in everything; each piece represents the power to organize from within.
Belle Brooke Barer began her artistic career in a darkroom at her grade school in Houston, Texas. Her pursuit of art and photography continued throughout her college studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Art. A few year later, while photographing historic buildings and structures for the Library of Congress she simultaneously began to study metalsmithing at the Crucible in Berkeley, CA. This new passion soon took a hold and she went on to study at Revere Academy in San Francisco, following up with a job as goldsmith in Sonoma County at Studio 311. In 2006, after a move to Los Angeles she formally incorporated as Belle Brooke Designs, Inc. Brooke has been the recipient of many awards, among them the prestigious Spectrum Award as well as the JA New Designer of the year, Halstead Business Grant, Niche Award, JCK Rising Star, and others. Her work has been featured in many national and international publications and jewelry books. A skier, runner, yogi, and adventure girl at heart, Brooke has since made her home and studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she finds her balance in nature, art, and life.
The Belle Brooke Designs workshop and gallery is located on the famed canyon road, the “arts and crafts road” in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The space is located in The Stables, a working artist consortium on the Teahouse property, literally, the artist spaces are housed in the former stables of the Vigil family property. The artist, Belle Brooke Barer, designs and makes each piece of jewelry and employs the help of a part time assistant. Brooke is trained as a professional goldsmith; she fabricates and finishes each piece using traditional tools and methods. Her work is highly noted for quality of workmanship and quality of design.