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, we combine them with new materials and create unique and re-imagined heirloom pieces.
It began as the old, familiar story: Nice Jewish girl escapes to Paris where she paints, suffers, eats chocolate, refuses a Duke and becomes famous. Sadly, Joy had only enough money to get as far as Paris, Illinois. Naturally, that led to a career as a singing telegram and a private detective--DON'T ASK.
Until...one dark and stormy night (well, it was actually too early in the morning, but never mind), 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 of making art, which she displays at galleries and shows from Marin to San Diego.
She has yet to get to Paris.
*Know your Old Hollywood.
Leslie began her fine art studies attending Marymount High School’s prestigious art program at age nine (she has always been ahead of the crowd). She has been an artist ever since. Her early choice of weapons included oil, acrylic, pastels, pencil; any medium that made a smudge. As the founding member of the Artist of Wristy Business, her work appears in interior design throughout the Southwest. An accomplished teacher, she has privately taught and inspired aspiring artists of all ages with her Art 101 sessions.
Since 1976, she has tinkered with the art of lapidary and silver-smithing. Combining these skills with color, design and form she excels at creating remarkable one of a kind pieces from new materials. She also reinvents objects and re-purposed vintage jewelry as new heirlooms, like no other.
In her spare time, she is a certified bare boat skipper and sommelier. We keep her pretty busy, though.
Our resident curmudgeon, Dutch Stowe, is career military veteran, turned electronic engineer, turned metal fabrication artist.
As an artist, Dutch creates intricate jewelry, ranging from pendants to complex bracelets, sliders, rings, hair jewelry and more. Using a variety of metal, from copper and brass to silver and gold fill, each piece is unique. Although the focus of his work is the metal, many pieces feature gemstones, fossils and other interesting, natural embellishments.
A remarkable teacher, Dutch shares his amazing skills with students, young and old alike, to tremendous success. No one ever leaves his class without a beautiful piece of jewelry they will treasure. Dutch teaches his signature designs at many of art shows, as well as, private and group lessons in the LA area. There is no better host for a jewelry party than Dutch. No matter the occasion, there’s no better teacher.