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My jewelry and installations unite art and healing energy. Healing makes me feel empowered and making jewelry makes me feel complete. Healing is achieved through Reiki - a form of healing technique that connects you to the energy of the universe to restore physical and emotional well-being. My jewelry is an energy field of the cosmos. My focus is on the third eye chakra or the sixth sense. The third eye is associated with alertness and awareness. I want the wearer of my jewelry to walk a spiritual path towards enlightenment and bliss. The forms, metal, and stones in my jewelry radiate a positive energy that inspires inner transformation. I create forms that stem from my subconscious mind. These organic flowing line forms reflect the harmony generated through healing.

Important elements in my work include attributes from the  mythological stories of Lord Shiva who was the first entity to open the third eye. Shiva represents the body with life and motion. Shiva’s attributes include potential, space, consciousness. Shiva is the whole creation and infinite divinity. Shiva’s adornments include rudraksha seeds for their healing properties, the crescent moon symbolic for wisdom, the serpent as a symbol of alertness, the Ganges river symbolic for knowledge, the lingam, the genital which represents the truth.

I use organic materials like wood, copper, crystals, paper because they are close to the universe. The colors of my work are brown from natural wood, black from patina and indigo blue from crystals or mixed media of ink and color pencils. Indigo blue is the color of the third eye chakra and blue signifies the sky; the all-pervading infinity which has no limits, and no shape. I hand carve the wood in the shape of the “lingam” and “Yoni” the respective male and female genitals to represent their union as a form of celebration, creation and the completion of the total Supreme Consciousness. I accompany my wood carving with forged and formed elements in copper wire to balance the flow of energy lines. The experience of healing and meditation is ineffable, indescribable and inexpressible and these translate into abstract forms of my jewelry. It is celestial and I show that by using different media like a painting, small sculpture and jewelry together. I can compare this to someone going to a temple and feeling better. Each of my jewelry work aspires to represent the state of transcendence, stillness, silence, and bliss.

Manpreet Rajpal was born and educated in Pune, India. She completed her undergraduate degree in Advertising and Illustration from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune, India in 2008 and her post graduation in Strategic Design Management from MIT Institute of Design, Pune, India in 2010. Manpreet worked in the Web Content Management for about 5 years in the Information Technology industry. In 2014, she moved to San Francisco to study Masters in Jewelry and Metal Arts at the Academy of Art University. Her jewelry combines her passion for healing and spirituality. Manpreet is a Reiki practitioner, she makes jewelry around her experiences with healing and the energy of the cosmos. Her current series of work is centered around the third eye and the energy field. She uses organic materials like copper, wood, paper, crystals that are close to nature and promote the feeling of well being. Manpreet has shown her work consecutively for five years from 2014 to 2019 at the Spring Show at Academy of Art University.

Professional Summary

Conscientious, results-oriented professional, richly trained and experienced in jewelry design, resource allocation, and jewelry manufacturing processes with the ability to prioritize and manage a sizable and varied workload. Committed to a customer service minded outlook with a high standard for quality service and a passion for helping others. Seeking a position with leadership responsibilities including problem solving, planning and improving processes in the field of jewelry design and manufacturing.

  • Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi
  • Ability to translate technical grading and manufacturing terms into simple, informative concepts that customers can readily comprehend
  • Customer service minded with a high standard for quality service and a passion for helping others
  • Drive and motivation to meet and exceed production requirements
  • Bench skills include: Fabrication and Sales, Stone Setting, Repairs, Casting, Forging, Forming, Wax Carving, Enameling, Welding, Laser cutting, Wood Carving, Chasing and Repousse
  • Design skills include: 3D Printing, Adobe CC, Rhino, Meshmixer

Education

Gemological Institute of America, (GIA), Carlsbad, CA                                                             August 2019

  • Basic Repair & Setting                                                                                                                                 
  • Intermediate Repair & Setting

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA                                                                                 2015 - 2018          -  Master in Jewelry and Metal Arts

MIT Institute of Design, Pune, Maharashtra, India                                                                          2008 - 2010           - Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Design Management   

Abhinay Kala Mahavidyalya, Pune, Maharashtra, India                                                                2003 – 2008        -  Illustration and Advertising 

Professional Experience

Aimee Golant, San Francisco, CA                                                                                           January 2019 - Present

Bench Jeweler and Teaching Assistant for youth jewelry making workshops

  • Assist with design work and rendering in sync with the brand
  • Creative brainstorming and fabrication solutions for new designs 
  • Perform all kinds of metal fabrication including sawing, filing, soldering, cleaning, polishing etc
  • Stone setting includes bezel, pave, flush, etc
  • Small scale woodworking and carving

Anna Monet Jewelry, San Francisco, CA                                                                                  May 2019 – Present

Bench Jeweler

  • Perform all kinds of metal fabrication including sawing, filing, soldering, cleaning, polishing, etc
  • Use various enameling techniques on silver and steel based on design
  • Create clasps and other findings
  • Update images and product details on social media platforms.
  • Inventory management by using software
  • Communicating with clients and galleries

Rebecca Fox Metal Jewelry and Sculpture, San Francisco, CA                                 August 2019 - Present

Bench Jeweler

  • Fabrication includes soldering, filing, forging textures, oxidation and finishing
  • Jewelry Consultation and improvements based on customer feedback.
  • Assist in industrial jewelry shows

Colleen Mauer Designs, San Francisco, CA                                                                         August 2019 - Present

Retail Specialist at the showroom

  • Responsible for daily operations of the showroom
  • Assist buyers with jewelry choices and consultation
  • Work with Softwares related to sales and website

Na Hoku, San Francisco, CA                                                                                            February 2019 – April 2019

Sales Associate

  • Monthly target sales
  • Assisted customers with jewelry buying decision
  • Inventory control
  • Merchandising

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA                                                August 2016 – December 2018 

Resident Assistant

  • Foster strong and positive resident living experience
  • On call and handled emergencies while being available for residents
  • Community and student development
  • Creative design for decorations and bulletin boards, events
  • Administrative duties included documenting and incident reports

Web Publishing, Honeywell, Pune, Maharashtra, India                                  September 2013 – January 2015

Marketing Communications Specialist

  • Defined business requirements and establish processes for Honeywell Building Solutions website
  • Worked independently or within a group
  • Worked with remote teams across time zones, lead projects and teams 
  • Strategized, conceptualized, and crafted SEO friendly content for the international markets
  • Digital Marketing – partner with SEO and Social Media agencies for company projects
  • Managed content and web design
  • Worked on projects for planning, development, and managed information content
  • Conducted design research and user centered analysis, user profiling, data gathering, and transitioned to final design

BMC Software, Pune, Maharashtra, India                                                     December 2011 –  September 2013

Associate Web Producer 

  • Defined business requirements and establish processes for Honeywell Building Solutions website
  • Worked independently or within a group
  • Worked with remote teams across time zones, lead projects and teams
  • Strategized, conceptualized, and crafted SEO friendly content for the international markets
  • Managed content and web design
  • Worked on projects for planning, development, and managed information content
  • Conducted design research and user centered analysis, user profiling, data gathering, and transitioned to final design

Exhibitions & Awards

  • MFA Show - TIMELINE, San Francisco, CA                                                                                            2019
  • Macchiarini Creative Design Gallery, Show on Clasps, San Francisco, CA                                  2018
  • Academy of Art Spring Show, San Francisco, CA                                                                    2015 – 2019
  • Award for the ‘Best Candidate in Masters Fine Arts - Jewelry and Metalsmithing’      2019  Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
  • Best Graduation Project in Strategic Design Management,                                                      2010   MIT Institute of Design,  Loni Kalbhor,  Pune, Maharashtra

 Industry Memberships & Affiliations

  • Academy of Art University                                                                                                                2017 - 2018       Student Representative of the Jewelry and Metal Arts Department 
  • Klimt02, Member                                                                                                                           2015-Present 
  • SNAG, Member                                                                                                                       2018-Present                                                                                                                                                                   

References

  • Wendy Mcdermott  

wmcdermottstudios@gmail.com

+1 (530) 304-8828

 

  • Rebecca Fox

rebecca@rebeccafox.com

+1 (415) 500-1962

                                             

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.