Lynne and Mark are a wife and husband jewelry-making team imported over a decade ago from New York to Asheville, North Carolina, where they fit in like they were born here.
Lynne’s focus is peyote-bead weaving, an ancient, versatile, global technique she uses to create one-of-a-kind wearable art that incorporates a range of shiny objects, seed beads, crystals, semi-precious stones, precious metal medallions, as well as vintage and modern objects found and repurposed from her treasure hunting.
Mark creates precious metal jewelry (from rings to earrings and necklaces) with designs inspired by nature and geometry, sometimes incorporating gemstones and 24-carat gold leaf. Often his pieces provide a dynamic centerpiece for Lynne’s jewelry.
Lynne and Mark are members of the esteemed Southern Highland Craft Guild. They have spent most of their lives creating art.
Lynne earned a Fine Arts degree, worked as a portrait artist, an art teacher, a professional photographer and more. In 2007 she discovered peyote-stitch weaving to be her most fulfilling artistic expression and has been passionately beading ever since.
Mark has worked with jewelers, potters, and glass blowers. Seven years ago he fell in love with a medium that takes a special precious metal clay (PMC), which he works then kiln-fires at 1250 degrees or more, burning away the clay to unveil pure precious silver or other metals within.
You can contact them to discuss the possibility of custom jewelry incorporating your own special mementos or treasures into necklaces, bracelets, or earrings.
Mark Traub and Lynne Fiorenza