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“A Mad Tea Party with Jewelry Designer Jackie McCormick from Awaiting Alice”

2009 August 6

At a friend’s party a few weeks ago, I noticed a woman with some dangly earrings that looked like large white flower petals.  When I complimented her, she told me her friend, local artist and jewelry designer Jackie McCormick, had made them. Wanting to see more of this whimsical work, I got Jackie’s info and scheduled an interview.

Jasmine chats it up with Jackie McCormick

Jasmine chats it up with Jackie McCormick

At her home/studio, Jackie greeted us with a plate of freshly baked cookies.  After showing us around her house, we sat down on the couch and instantly started chatting like old friends.   She radiates positive energy and overflows creativity, characteristics reflected in her jewelry designs.

Art is not just Jackie’s passion, it is her life. In addition to designing jewelry, she paints her own pieces to sell or works as a muralist for In Your Space Collaborative Arts. As a jewelry designer, Jackie works with best friend Laura Chrisco to create flirty and feminine jewelry for their label, Awaiting Alice

Made from fake flowers and beads, each Awaiting Alice creation is inspired by the nonsensical world of Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland.  In fact, many pieces are labeled with quotations from the fantastical children’s book.  You can find their work in local Austin stores or on, a forum for artists who make and sell their own work.

Check out the 3-minute video below to hear her story and discover where she finds her inspiration. After watching, scroll past the video to see photos of some of my favorite jewelry pieces from Awaiting Alice. Enjoy!

Visit any of Jackie’s four websites:

For jewelry:
For Jackie’s artwork:
Her personal website:
Her day job:

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5 Responses leave one →
  1. Jackie permalink
    August 6, 2009

    So much fun to work with and meet you guys - Jasmine and TK are the best! :)

    • Jasmine Beitz permalink
      August 6, 2009

      Thanks Jackie! We hope to see you tonight at First Thursday!

  2. Laura permalink
    August 7, 2009

    OH jackie, you are so cute! I stood behind the 10 o’clock news being filmed the other day, so I was kind of interviewed as well. OH And I heart your jewelery BIG time!

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