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FRANGIPANI GALLERY
An art gallery in the heart of the Key West Art District on Upper Duval, featuring the fine art of Fran Decker & friends!

1102 A&B Duval Street, Key West, FL  33040
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HELEN REBANE

 
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I come from Estonia, but have been living in Key West, Florida for eleven years now.  I've always loved to craft and create things but it took me a long time to understand that you don't have to go to school to be an artist. It comes from inside, and there is no standard of what art is - if you create something, this is your art.  Also, living on a tropical island full of  creativity and art has definitely helped me to come out as an artist.  I've been in love with glass for as long as I can remember. I've always been fascinated by its colors, shimmer, transparency, versatility, and ever changing nature. Working with glass was my dream for a long time and now, when I can dedicate myself to it full time, I've never been happier.  I love bold colors and making statements, so this is what you will find in my jewelry - beautiful jewel colors, different textures, and lots of sparkly happiness.

Most of my inspiration comes from nature - layers of stone in the canyons, rocky rivers, ocean waves, different leaves and flowers. At the same time I do like modern clean lines and contrast of opposites - smooth next to rocky, shiny next to satin, transparency next to opaqueness - so in my jewelry it all merges together.

All my jewelry is carefully handcrafted one at a time in my home studio. Every tiny piece of glass is individually hand cut, ground into shape and placed on the jewelry piece. I use all compatible glass. Every item is fused, ground, fire polished and properly annealed.  There are many steps involved in each piece before the final result is achieved - some designs may take up to five trips to the kiln and a lot of cold working in between before they are completely finished.  Each piece of jewelry is truly a work of art and there are no two pieces exactly alike.

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