I am Maureen Farr – the Mozelle in Mozelle Fine Jewelry. Born and raised in Portland, Maine, I now live and work on a small island in Penobscot Bay off the Maine coast. All of the work you see here is designed and handmade by me in my Maine island studio.
And never far away... always at my feet?
My sweet Standard Poodle, Fern – a black + white parti-poodle – who gets me up and out every good day.
My best friend, Diana – who speaks several languages, including Italian – decided that I needed a beautiful nickname. “Mo” – the most common nickname for someone named “Maureen” – just wouldn’t do.
She started by calling me “Mozella Bella” and a shortened version, “Mozelle,” stuck. I love the sound of it as it rolls off the tongue, and have happily used it as my artist name ever since.
I have been making things since I was about eight years old, when my parents gave me my first sewing machine. Although that first sewing machine was a toy, it did not stop me from designing and making my first dress.
My favorite aunt – Wilma – taught me to knit. My mother taught me crochet. And my maternal grandmother taught me the patience to cook – and cook well.
By seventh grade, I had my own Singer sewing machine, and for many years I made most of my own and (later) my daughter’s clothes.
For all of my adult life, I have had my hands in and on materials of all kinds – from yarns, fabrics, paints and paper, to clay, fleece, and most recently my hands have been involved in all forms of metalsmithing.
About 12 years ago, I started working with all the ephemera that I am always picking up off the street, or finding in antique shops and flea markets. First, it was incorporated into my mixed media wall pieces. I gradually began working smaller, until the found objects became my own eclectic necklaces – each unique.
From there, I began working with metals – precious and not precious. After a certification workshop in the use of Precious Metal Clay (PMC), my work flew in another direction.
Presently, I am interested in color. As a result, I have started a new line of enameled jewelry. Starting with flat pieces, I fold form to create interesting patterns and surfaces, then add enamels in a range of vibrant colors. The finished pieces are unique – even when having the same basic shapes.
I am fortunate to be able to do what I love, and I hope that love shines through in my work. If you are inspired by it, please share my site with your friends.