Barbedo Studio is our creative place.
I'm Cri and I am an artisan.
I work with metals, clay, and yarns.
Crochet, knitting, pottery and jewelry making are artisan skills that I have developed throughout my life.
I handcraft objects that are functional, adorning, and precious beyond their physical value, as I strive to create meaningful and sentimental objects.
My jewelry is made with sterling silver, 14k gold, semi-precious and precious stones.
I've trained and worked as a jewelry maker since 2006.
I love the process of taking an idea, designing it with wax, wire wrapping, knotting; and fabricating with metal using fire, tools, and experimenting with texture.
Fiber crafts have been in my life since I was a little girl, in Brazil. My grandmothers and my mother were always crocheting and knitting, and of course they passed this on to their daughters.
Pottery entered in my life after taking a hand building pottery class at Santa Monica College, then later spinning clay on a potter’s wheel. These are skills that one never forgets, and I hope to present at Barbedo Studio.
My studio is in the Berkshires, in Massachusetts.
What a beautiful area! Covered in white during the very cold Winter. Lush greenery, in Spring and Summer. And in the Fall, the hills and mountains look like they are covered with tourmalines or sapphires. Gorgeous!
At Norad Mill
60 Roberts Drive, Studio 303
North Adams, MA 01247
This year, I am delighted to add to the studio the beautiful collections of my sister, Bea Barbedo.
She creates jewelry in the weaving technique using Japanese and Czech glass seed beads (seed bead is a generic term for any small bead), which are highly regarded for their quality, brilliance and uniform shape.
She also uses Austrian Swarovski glass crystals and crystal pearls. The chains and findings are silver, golden, and antique stainless steel.
You can also find in our online shop pieces combined with precious metals and glass beads.
In Europa, you can find her work at Atelier Barbedo.
Bea and I have been artisans since we were little girls.
Our grandmothers, Bebel and Maria, introduced us, at a young age, to knitting and crochet.
As little girls, we also loved playing with dolls; we loved watching and learning from our grandmas how to make little clothing for them; and we could be left alone for hours in our imaginary world.
Bea creates beautiful bags, Summer tops, hats and more in crochet. Check out atelierbarbedo.com.
This year, Bea introduced me to the world of Amigurumi (check out her site page Mondo Amigurumi )
"The word is a blend of the words ami (編) meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi (ぬいぐるみ) a small, stuffed doll." (credit to japanobjects.com/features/amigurumi)
The aesthetic characteristic of the amigurumi is to be Kawaii, the culture of sweetness in Japan, cute and lovely.
Amigurumi/stuffed doll provides comfort and companionship for a child, and contributes to a child's development from role-playing to language development and social skills. Therefore building confidence and managing emotions.
So, Bea and I created a collection of dolls for Summer/Spring 2023, in Fiber Craft.
Also, I have the pleasure of introducing and including my husband’s greeting cards to our line of creative products.
He is an artist and graphic designer who has recently reintroduced his quirky and curious cards to the public. We hope you enjoy them !
His collections will have cards to celebrate various occasions, and others are reproductions of his artwork.
For more of his work, visit www.douglas-gilbert.com