I have always loved art and design, and grew up surrounded by both primitive and modern art. The idea that one form of art was “better” or more worthy than another was not something I learned until I entered school. Thankfully it is an idea I rejected early on and as a result embrace all art, particularly folk art, contemporary art, outsider art, art that is the unedited response to life.
As a child my mother taught me to knit, embroider and sew. My father introduced me to tapestry. I sold my first painting when I was 16 and later that same year filled my first order for felt Christmas tree ornaments that I designed and made. I graduated from Parson’s School of Design and began a career in fashion, freelancing for design houses in London and New York, along with a stint at Elle Magazine.
Throughout my life I have been drawn to a wide variety of art forms. While at Parsons I began designing knits. During my first pregnancy I became obsessed with Origami, after the birth of my second child I found jewelry design. I won the coveted 2009 Rising Star Award in Fine Jewelry and the 2010 AGTA Spectrum Award for Business/Day Wear.
Art, fiber, fabric, threads, yarn and words; these are the common threads that have been a constant in my life. A few years ago I joined my daughter in taking a pottery class and found painting the pots I had thrown as invigorating as making the pots themselves. But my most recent obsession involves fiber art, quilting and stitching. This blog is a written and visual record of a life expressed through art.
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Ariane Zurcher Designs has been featured in leading fashion publications and blogs including, Italian Vogue, W Magazine,Women’s Wear Daily, In Style, L.A. Times Magazine, Modern Jeweler, StyleCaster and many others. My e-commerce website, www.arianezurcher.com also features charitable projects including benefit events for The Aspen Institute and The World Gold Council’s Leaves of Gold.
I have written for Allure, Elle Magazine, Options, XX1st Century, Aspen Magazine, Aspen Times, Special Needs Parenting, Parenting Magazine, Emma’s Hope Book, Huffington Post and many other publications and blogs.
I was the voice of Barb for the audiobook – I Might Be You by Barb Rentenbach and Lois Prislovsky, wrote the foreward to Judy Endow’s book: Painted Words: Aspects of Autism Translated and have given presentations with my daughter at autism conferences and schools around the country.
I live in New York City with my husband, two children and our impish cat.