evan knox designs
(guest artist with Amanda W. Mathis)
Nearly all one-of-a-kind silver, gold, precious and semi-precious gemstone jewelry
Evan Knox’s materials generally “speak” to her.
“How the colors and the shapes of the stones fit together generally dictate what a piece will be,” she says.
She started out with pearls.
“I wanted pearls I could wear with jeans and t-shirts, not the traditional ‘strand of pearls’ we all wore for years,” she explains.
She began incorporating oxidized silver with white pearls, adding interesting silver pendants, all knotted on silk cord. Eventually, Evan branched out to all of the rest of the semi-precious and precious gemstones.
“I added raw diamonds to my inventory a few years ago,” she says.
Evan creates a wide range of handmade earrings, necklaces, and bracelets using precious and semi-precious gemstones, pearls, and sterling silver. Her jewelry is usually described as tiny, delicate, elegant, and simple.
“I strive to create timeless, classic pieces that people will want to wear for years,” she says. “I want every piece that my clients purchase to be that perfect go-to piece that works with everything.”
While she has taught herself a lot of her jewelry techniques, she has studied at the Waldron Arts Center in Bloomington.
“I took classes in both basic silversmithing and casting,” she says.
Currently, Evan is exploring silk cord knotting. While usually only pearls are knotted on silk, she likes to knot tiny semi-precious gemstone beads and silver for a more unexpected design.
“The fluidity of knotted silk cord is unmatched by anything else,” she says, “and the results are unique and extraordinary.”
Evan grew up in the farmland of Northern Indiana, attended college at Indiana University, and lived in Indianapolis for several years after graduation before she moved to Brown County.
“I decided that if I was going to live in Indiana, I was going to live in the prettiest part of Indiana,” she says. “What keeps me here is the interesting, eclectic, close-knit community.”
Her working methods are very organic.
“I don’t sketch, I don’t plan,” she explains. “I sit down at my bench and jewelry just happens.”
She buys her gemstones like she buys her groceries: whatever looks good at the time. She listens to “ridiculously loud music” while she works, to keep her head clear and help her to concentrate on her extremely fine work.
“I like to take frequent breaks between pieces to chat with my seven cats, clean my house, and pull weeds,” she says. “I prefer to work late, but I understand that my neighbors may not want to listen to my music as much as I do!”