Bri Bol has been a longtime contributor to DIO Fest, having been a supporter and vendor at the event for several years. She's also a seasoned Santa Cruzian, having been in and around our community of folks for nearly a decade. We've been so stoked to watch her business grow and flourish as much as it has, and couldn't be happier to host art and her charm at the festival.
She's a traveling artist and designer who's based in Santa Cruz, but is oftentimes in the Eastern Sierras and beyond. Her work focuses on abstract mountain landscapes and textiles, inspired by her love of the outdoors and adventure. She started beading on a surf trip to Baja as a way to stay creative while on the road. Jewelry has since become the perfect medium to combine her passion for art, adventure, and beauty while being on the constant move.
The beautiful patterns you see in her metal work are all topo reliefs from maps of some of her favorite wild places: the Grand Canyon, the High Sierra, the Wasatch Mountains, Sequoia National Forest and Squamish. She hand makes every piece -- from hammering the ear wires, to sewing the bead work with a needle and thread, to drawing and hand cutting each metal topo piece, leaving each one of a kind.
All materials are all selected consciously, supporting the environment, community, and human stories. Metals are made in the US, and the metal beads are all fair-trade African trade, many of which date back to the 1800’s. Glass beads are Japanese and Czech. Other statement beads are hand picked and ethically sourced. When Bri's not creating jewelry you can find her gathering inspiration from outdoor adventures and rock climbing, usually in overalls and with a wicked laugh you'll hear from the opposite site of the crag.
Just a handful of Tier 2 tickets still available, be sure to snag a couple while ya can...
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