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Welder's Assistant

Phone: (415) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: j***@***.com
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
77 Beale Street P.O. Box 770000
San Francisco, California 94177
United States

Company Description: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (Utility) is a public utility operating in northern and central California. Utility engages in the businesses of electricity and...   more
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Jane Garibaldi
Jeweler Jane Garibaldi had a vision.After spending her 20's and early 30's landing non- traditional jobs for women, i.e. a welder's assistant in a shipyard and then 13 years with PG&E, first as a ditch digger and then with the Land Department ("only because this was the beginning of 'equal opportunity' and companies had to hire women in traditionally male jobs"), she returned to school full time taking art classes.
Jane GaribaldiMy sense of Jane is that she does not do anything half way.She had discovered that she needed to develop her creative side so she set out to do just that, quitting her PG&E job after saving enough to live on for two years.Growing up in Salinas, her parents had encouraged Jane's early artistic interests, but opportunities were limited.She enjoyed a jewelry class in high school, so signed up for one at SRJC, along with drawing, printmaking and design.
She discovered that art is what she wanted to be doing.Then she set out to figure out how to be able to "live her creative self and make a living."She interviewed artists who were making a living with their art, and some who were not, and decided that jewelry looked like the best avenue for her.She liked it, she could work in a small space, it is very transportable, and financially viable.Then, as she says, "the true adventure started."She took a low paying job at a local casting company to learn production jewelry skills, and she completed the program at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco.She was able to do part time consulting work with PG&E to support herself through the early learning process.
A Garibaldi's Godess pieceWhen she had finished the Academy she knew a lot about making jewelry, but as is the norm in so many art schools, the business aspect was not addressed.Again Jane turned to other artists, networking to find out how to get into the best shows and Galleries.Now she says "I was lucky not to have to struggle as so many artists do.It is not that my adventure was without struggle, I just felt I was blessed because I did not start at the rock bottom, doing two-bit art fairs and flea markets.The power of being well informed worked in my favor."(emphasis mine) So I asked this practical artist if she feels a passion for what she does or is it just a business.Her passion is in creating and it could be any medium.She mostly enjoys her work on contemporary, one-of-a-kind pieces, and she has a production line of pieces inspired by the sea.
Jane's engineering background is apparent when she talks about how she decided to do her art, and when she talks about her design process.She usually has a vision of the piece first, and then draws it on paper, figuring out the three dimensional design.Then she selects the elements that will become the piece, using gold, silver and/or gemstones.Sometimes a piece is first inspired by a certain gemstone, which is then accented by several smaller stones.As she talks about working with the metal and stones, her passion toward the creation of a design is in every word.Her abstract designs are wonderful geometric shapes and metallic textures, with no intended message.But she has discovered that people will find a message in them, which keeps her on the track of not intending a message."I like to let people see what they see."
Because Jane is not someone to stand still in her creative development, she decided to design what she calls her "spirit goddess" line, which is her statement about her own need to allow the playful spirit to come forth.These are enchanting pieces, each with its own personality and feeling of movement.
Artist — Art at the Source
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Jane Garibaldi
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