Suzanne Q Evon’s evolution from glamour girl to luxe
jeweler Written By: Nan Chase for WNC
For two decades, Suzanne Q Evon—or Q, as she’s known—lived off
her wholesome good looks and nearly six-foot frame. She was a top
commercial model in New York City, but jetted around the world
for photo shoots.
When that career drew to a close around age 40, Q began to pursue
her passion for creating metal jewelry. Today, blissfully
ensconced in rural Weaverville, she crafts hundreds of designs
for gallery sales across the country and anonymous wholesale
production under brand names, including Banana Republic, J. Jill,
Sundance catalog, and even QVC. She jokes she’s “the biggest name
you’ve never heard of.”
Her designs are multimetallic, with a modern, jingly-jangly,
touchable friendliness refined by old-world fabrication
techniques. For her newest collection, called D.I.G., locally
sourced copper, bronze, steel, and other metals are cut down,
annealed, forged, and oxidized into sleek designs with gold or
diamond accents. The collection premieres at New York City’s
Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair this season.
“I care about what looks good on the body,” Q explains. “I care
about design, not what’s in fashion. I build, create components,
and put them together. I build body architecture.”
Q’s interest in jewelry began at a young age. “I was the kid who
went to garage sales and bought beads to cut up,” she says.
During her modeling years, she lived near the Parsons School of
Design, where she took classes. After moving to the Asheville
area, she found a mentor in master metalsmith Bill Churlik of
Earthspeak Arts. “My creativity has always exceeded my skill,”
she says. That changed after studying with Churlik.
Beginning with wax carving, an ancient method of creating
detailed patterns, Q adds layer upon layer of technique in
various metals, processes such as casting, acid etching,
granulation, and reticulation (veined or overlapping layers). The
results appear in regional shops including Bellagio Art to Wear,
Woolworth Walk, and Allanstand Craft Shop in Asheville, Miya
Gallery in Weaverville, and Parkway Craft Center near Blowing
Despite her love of accessories, Q keeps her own adornments to a
minimum, usually just a simple pair of earrings, a necklace or
bracelet, and her thin, gold wedding band with tiny diamonds. For
her, the process of creating jewelry ranks first in fashion
importance; being chic simply means answering, “What makes you
feel good? Do you love it?” Original Article
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