College-Era Hobby Pays Off in Career Making Art to Wear
Elaine Coyne calls herself “a natural artist,” but only after finding unexpected success creating art wear for fun did she drop her plan of becoming a teacher.
“I was in college and entering small college shows and was immediately winning ‘best of show,’” she says. “I was totally shocked that my hand-painted pouches and belt buckles would create such a stir.”
After Coyne entered more competitions and street fairs, stores asked to sell her jewelry and belts. Thirty years later, she leads a staff that helps create such pieces at Elaine Coyne Galleries in Kennesaw, Ga.
Coyne says she finds inspiration in “nature, the earth, breathing and simply just being.” She travels and studies artists and art movements such as Picasso, Matisse, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Egyptian art.
“We are always looking for new materials to push the envelope of design,” she says. “We have devised secret formulas to apply our process of patinas with heat and chemicals and a variety of polishing to complete a collection. Each new collection is generally done in a particular fashion to separate it from past collections.”
Coyne describes her jewelry and belts as “collectible and elegant.” Her most popular lines are motif-driven collections: dragonflies, butterflies, flowers, leaves, and equestrian- and ocean-related items.
For 2014 Coyne is adding Swarovski crystal cording with miniature theme pieces in new colored cording and crystal, as well as coordinated earrings. “This is a very girly-girl line and I simply love it,” she says.
Company Name: Elaine Coyne Galleries
Product Categories: Metal: Cast, Fabricated/Forged; Jewelry: Alternative Metal (Non-Precious); Styles & Themes: Botanical, Nautical
Studio Location: Kennesaw, GA