Navona Handmade: A Collaborative Artisan Brand
WHO WE ARE
Three friends from art school who decided to pursue our artistic passions as a group. We meet regularly to discuss, critique, and encourage each other. Christine is our jeweler, Bethany is our potter, and Julia is our fiber artist. For more information on our lives and work outside of Navona Handmade, check out our biographies below.
WHAT WE DO
Take a short trip together twice a year to someplace new and inspiring, and create a collection of jewelry and home decor based on our experience. Yes, we built a business around taking vacations together, and we think we’re pretty clever. From these trips, we gather inspiration for the color palette, patterns and textures that guide each collection. After we come home, we take a few weeks to process, brainstorm and sketch. Then, we meet up and decide how we’re going create a cohesive collection that still represents each individual artist’s memory of our trip.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Bethany Amilkavich works as a ceramic teacher to adults with mental disabilities, and also as a librarian. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science. In her ceramic work she contrasts the functionality of pottery with a soft delicate aesthetic, creating pieces people can both admire and use. See her work on Instagram with the hashtag #navonabybethany.
Julia Hoffman is a Graphic Designer living just outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers and Textiles and a Master of Science in Fashion Design. Her work focuses on textile and fiber arts, combining materials to create housewares, wearables, and accessories. See her work on Instagram with the hashtag #navonabyjulia.
Christine Alaniz is a fine custom jeweler living with her husband in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM. Her elegant style often evokes botanical petals, leaves and vines. You can find more of her work on Facebook and Instagram. See her work for Navona on Instagram with the hashtag #navonabychristine.
Interested in a custom piece? We offer custom and bespoke designs upon request.