Tyler Alum Participates In Holiday Shopping Fete

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Tyler alum Gina Johnson will be a part of the Holiday Shopping Fete this year in Oldwick.

The event will be held at Elaine Anderocci Interior on Saturday, December 1 from noon to 5 p.m. There will also be a raffle to raise funds for the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund.

“For the past year, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Le Fash horse show shirt designer, Arianna Anderocci Vastino. My jewelry has appeared in her photo shoots and we have traveled to horse shows up and down the East Coast. We wanted to offer an enjoyable and relaxing holiday-shopping experience where our customers can speak directly with us, the designers,” Johnson said.

Gina Johnson Designs features original, handcrafted jewelry with an equestrian touch.

“After selling my jewelry at a local horse show and receiving a great response, I decided to pursue my dream of having my own business,” Johnson said. “I have come a long way since then, having been surrounded by people who have encouraged or challenged me along the way.”

When Johnson began making jewelry, she wanted to find a way to connect her love for horses with her interest in art.

“Over the past nineteen years, I have developed a strong friendship with my horse, Cody. As Cody and I grow older, I find myself trying to hold on to the time we have shared,” Johnson said. “While at Tyler, I started to develop a very unique line of jewelry by incorporating horsehair into my designs.”

Johnson’s pieces are crafted with sterling silver and 14K gold jewelry to showcase her client’s horse hair.

“The overall appearance of my work embraces an equestrian fashion that is timeless. I draw inspiration from riding equipment and shapes found in the local environment as well as the way my jewelry moves and fits on its wearer. Most of my ideas come from those things around me, which then grow and transform into something else,” Johnson said.

Each designer will contribute one of their original designs to the raffle.

“I will be raffling off a pair of Leg Up earrings, simple, yet elegant, sterling silver stirrup earrings from my Ardfuar Farm Collection,” Johnson said. “I think it is important to give back to those who were less fortunate in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Every little bit helps. Sometimes we can’t be completely prepared for these kinds of occurrences, but it is nice to know people are out there to help.”

The event will be held at 44 Main St. in Oldwick.

For more about Gina Johnson Designs, visit http://ginajohnsondesigns.com/

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