Julia Hedman teaches skiing by day and designs jewelry by night. Her work gets its debut at Aspen’s Harvey Preston Gallery on Wednesday.
In her line “Julia Marie,” Hedman focuses on shapes and materials inspired by nature. She says she wants her work to stand in contrast to mass-produced items.
"Having a piece that you have forever and can wear every day, and can pass it on as an heirloom, is really important to me," she said.
The pieces that will be on display on Wednesday night at the Harvey Preston gallery were all inspired and created during her recent trip to India.
She has been quietly designing jewelry for the past ten years. Gallery owner Sam Harvey said that he knew her first as his website creator. One day, she showed him some of her pieces.
“I said, ‘This is really good, beautiful work,’” said Preston.
Convincing Hedman to do a one-night only show took some work, but now, she says, “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to show" in the town where she was born and raised.
Gallery owner Harvey says events like Wednesday's are part of his commitment to showing work from a wide range of artists -- “beginning, mid-career and established,” he said.
The event begins at 4:30 p.m.