July Speaker: Nicky Ruxton

Nicky Ruxton is excited to share her amazing journey from painting on rocks and shells as a kid to designing one-of-a-kind jewelry from her collection of found objects. She uses unconventional materials to design wearable art that she likens to visual poetry.

She started Ruxton Designs in 2010 and garnered an immediate following in the Bay area. She has blogged monthly for the past seven years detailing her experiences from the day she discovered handfuls of rusted findings to diving headlong into the unknown world of jewelry design. “Seven years of wandering,” she said, “to come back home to myself.” This is the theme that will underscore her talk at BSNC.




A prolific “thing-maker” since childhood, Nicky uses her graphic design background to construct found object jewelry, assemblage sculpture, and traditional cut and paste collage. She combines her innate instinct for restricted color, her flair for asymmetry and visual balance, and of course her deep passion for texture.









Repurposing materials has been a kind of philosophy for over 40 years of crafting. Nicky’s torn apart cardboard to make sculptures, and clothing to make wall hangings. She’s leveraged fabric from swatch books to create her coveted shoulder bags and soft pillow-like structures that fit no particular category. She likes to refer to her process as “Ruxtaposing” as she has a talent for putting disparate items together giving them new purpose. She says her jewelry and assemblage work is simply 3D collage and is delighted to share her techniques and strategies.

Nicky will bring jewelry and other creations to share on Tuesday night, July 18th.  She will begin speaking at 7:30.  A social half-hour precedes at 7:00 pm.    You’ll be fascinated with what Nicky shares. Bring a friend or two.

Location:  Courtyard Marriott, 5555 Shellmound, Emeryville, 94605.  Map. The parking lot is a gated surface lot around the hotel.  Bring your parking ticket into the hotel; get it validated after the meeting and BSNC will pay the parking fee.  Members free with membership card, non-members $5.

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