Julie Long Gallegos/GaslightOriginalBeadwork

Julie Long Gallegos/GaslightOriginalBeadwork

About The Artist

San Francisco, CA

My work reflects the heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area, where I grew up and still live. My gifted family encouraged my creative endeavors and I was often with a needle and thread as a girl. I came to jewelry design as an adult via beadwork, which still informs many of my designs. I design beaded and fine jewelry for people who live in the present but value the esthetic of past eras.

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San Francisco, California


Tell us how your work is made.

I design by drawing in colored pencil; beadwork requires graphing and precision patterning. Fine jewelry in precious gems and metals is drawn to scale and then created.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I make what I want to wear but can't find already made. That is how I started with beadwork; then I realized that in order to fully realize my visions, I would need to learn metalworking to create closures and clasps, etc. I love nature and history and architecture; all these loves combine in jewelry and accessories design.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I enjoy baseball, basketball and boxing (as a spectator only).