Ariane Zurcher


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.

Stop by my Etsy Shop for all my latest designs including fine jewelry, fiber art, hand painted pottery and more!

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, 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.

10 thoughts on “Ariane Zurcher

  1. Hi Ariane. Bill Bonnell here and would still like to touch base. Think of your grandmother often actually. She’d
    be proud of all the creative things you do.


  2. I am awed by your humility and generous spirit. Sharing your embroidery skills on youtube for anyone and everyone, inviting us to grab a needle and thread. I am always eager to see what you bring to us. You are so interesting. I had to google you. I cannot believe the success you have had in your life and though I am merely crafty for my own enjoyment, I feel I could sit and talk with you for hours. I have long loved hand stitching. It’s my version of meditation. Thank you for sharing yourself with people from all walks of life. You have thrown stardust across the horizon of my stitching world. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much Deb. That is so kind of you to say. I really appreciate it and am very happy to share something I love with others who are just as passionate. Thanks again for leaving such a lovely note. ❤️


  3. One of the wonderful things about the 3rd Chapter of our lives is that we can look back at our younger selves as though they are our children, as almost separate beings, with love, kindness and forgiveness, and understand the lack of knowledge, experience, and context within which we made the decisions we made and how they were the only ones we COULD have made at the time. At the very same time we are truly grateful that we made them because otherwise we would not HAVE WHAT WE HAVE TODAY: those whom we deeply love who love us

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  4. [cont’d from above] such deep love and understanding of ourselves as flawed but authentically good people who tried our best, who have reached a place of self-honesty and self-acceptance, and, if we are lucky, been able to look deeply inside and given up doing anything we dislike or spent our lives doing what others (or even we) have told us we “should” or

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  5. “must” do with our lives, and found something we truly are passionate about doing. And then, we realize that it is truly the BEST TIME OF OUR LIVES – and it is a wonderful thing to have that be in our 3rd and final Chapter of our lives rather than the 1st or 2nd after all.

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  6. Ariane you are deeply and truly loved by so very many people – and you are helping and generously giving to so many through your blog – at the same time you must protect your original work as a brilliant and talented artist as that is the essence of your individuality.
    You make my world a better place just knowing you are in it as one of my most beloved friends.

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    1. Thank you dear friend. I feel the same about you. I cannot tell you how much your wise counsel and encouragement has meant to me over the years. I am truly honored to have you as such a good friend. I love you. ❤️


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