Nancy Cusick is the
founder of Terra Elementa. As a
graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nancy has a background
printmaking, painting, photography and jewelry making. Her
artistic talents are at the
heart of TE inspiration and design.
years of printmaking and working mostly in monochromatic colors,
became interested in making jewelry while studying anatomy in art
inspiration began after having a dream about finding a treasure chest
rich colored gems and sparkling crystals. The context of this
in a very old, compact studio in a muted rural environment during the
times. This sparse studio was composed of a chair and a drafting
anatomical drawings spread about the room. One day the room
when a treasure trove magically appeared
on top of the table... tempting fate.
Recalling this dream, it occurred to me
that I really craved color and new light.
So I turned to painting and jewelry making.
I found jewelry making especially
gratifying because of the sense of immediacy
and satisfaction that came from
making and sharing my inspired treasures with family and friends."
|Terra Elementa evolved
in 2010. The concept behind TE is to create one-of-a-kind
wearable art pieces that incorporate unique components which consist of
stones, handmade wire techniques, along with special glass, crystal,
findings and recycled materials. Contrasting elements are
incorporated into the overall
design structure to mirror the contrasts within and to highlight
individual beauty, strength
TE utilizes mixed elements that reflect our environmental
complexity. We are surviving and
thriving in an adaptable society that is rapidly changing. TE
embraces the remnants of these
natural forces by recycling and finding new and creative uses for