8: Dyann Paynovich

Eclectic Jewelry & Wearable Art Location: 10441 Empire Grade

I have been passionate about creating since I was a child. I was fortunate that my parents and teachers recognized this and encouraged my artistic pursuits. In grade school, I took several drawing and painting classes, as well as piano and sewing. By seventh grade, I was designing costumes for school plays and making jewelry. Over the years, I’ve continued to take art classes and workshops, and continue to do so, as part of my business plan. In 1994 I started my jewelry business, and added my textile line in 2003.

I create and design my jewelry using a variety of techniques and materials. Techniques include metalwork, lapidary, beadwork and collage. I incorporate textile processes such as weaving wire and cord, and knitting to complement the metal and beads. I felt, quilt and dye silk fibers to create scarves and combine with metal and beads to make jewelry. I also work with Precious Metal Clay to sculpt components and pendants.

I have lived and traveled throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico. In fourth grade I have my first Santa Cruz experience, and decided that this would be my home. Living here is such a gift.

The beauty of the colors and textures in this environment are a constant source of inspiration and joy for me. I want the person who wears one of my pieces to share that joy.