January 2018 Featured Artist - Amanda Preske of Circuit Breaker Labs
Little Button is thrilled to host Amanda Preske of Circuit Breaker Labs as our Featured Artist for January 2018!
Amanda has been creating by hand for as long as she can remember. After years of candlemaking, cross stitching, sewing, and silk painting, she found her love for jewelry making. Gifted a box of colorful seed beads as a teenager, she taught herself how to bead weave and slowly branched out into other forms of jewelry making, including glass fusing, enameling, stringing, metalsmithing, and resin casting.
When she realized she was making more jewelry than she could possibly wear or gift, she started Beadwork by Amanda when she was 14, and began selling her work at craft shows and on Etsy.
Upon seeing the circuit boards coming from a broken computer her brother was attempting to repair, Amanda became transfixed by the beauty and complexity found on a circuit board. As a whole, the boards are often too complex to appreciate, but on the small scale of jewelry, small portions begin to resemble subway maps, cityscapes, and weird little worlds.
Captured under epoxy resin, each piece shines with its own personality. This small venture into circuit board jewelry, which started back in 2007, has since blossomed into a full time business.
Circuit Breaker Labs is intended to be a play on words and a nod to her background. Each cut into the circuit board signifies a broken circuit, so the name is quite literal. With a PhD in chemistry and a love for all things STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), the lab is where she used to synthesize nanocrystals, and is now a busy jewelry studio.