WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO...
We are the Artists of Wristy Business. Our name was derived from the simple fact that our work is hand-made. We reclaim, reuse and renovate found treasures from antiques to vintage materials, combine them with new materials and create unique pieces.
We have taken extra steps, respected the artistry of past styles and applied a lot of tried-n-true manual skills, making our business GREEN long before it was the chic thing to do.
It all began as the old story; nice Jewish girl escapes to Paris where she paints, suffers, eats chocolate, refuses a Duke and become famous. Sadly, Joy had only enough money to get as far as Paris, Illinois. So, she regrouped and studied creative writing and theater arts in California. Naturally, that led to a career as a singing telegram and a private detective--don't ask.
One dark and stormy night Joy met Leslie over a cappuccino…Kismet! Two artists with a dream; to make fabulous art and get cheap laughs. They partnered up, demonstrating their acumen with multiple mediums; fabric art, reclaimed, weird antique pieces and objects d'art. Snappy patter and their unique brand of functional art brought them to be featured at DIY shows, network news, radio and print. Joy’s art evolved from that and grew into a passion.
She still has yet to get to Paris.
Leslie began her fine art studies attending Marymount High School's prestigious art program at age nine. (Don’t you hate over-achievers?) She earned her college degree
in fine art and has been an artist ever since. Her early choice of weapons included oil, acrylic, pastels pencil; any medium that made a smudge. As a founding member of the Artists of Wristy Business, her work is found in interior design throughout the Southwest. An accomplished teacher, she has created an art program which provides "Art 101" for professional non-artists. Since 1976 she has tinkered with the art of lapidary and silver-smithing. Combining these skills with color, design and form she has reinvented objects and re-purposed vintage jewelry to complete the look of Joy Klein's designs. As though that's not annoying enough, she is a certified bare boat skipper and sommelier.
Our resident curmudgeon, Dutch Stowe, is a military veteran and electronic engineer-turned-wire wrapping artist and teacher. We stole him, fair and square, demonstrating delicate and intricate jewelry making techniques for DIY artists and fans alike.
Not just an honored military veteran but also
a real, all around good guy, Dutch creates intricate costume jewelry from pendants to complex bracelets, sliders, rings and more in a variety of metals, from base to copper, brass, silver and gold-filled. He combines them with a variety of focal pieces, from resin to semi-precious stones, demonstrates a variety of techniques each Sunday at the Encino Farmers' Market, as well as teaches private and group lessons in the LA area.
Beading and jewelry making classes are the rage and there's no better host than Dutch for every occasion, from kids to adults!