Hello. My name is Brooke Sides. B Sides Metal is a jewelry business I started in 2008. My unique jewelry takes its inspiration from nature, geometry and pattern. I enjoy crafting original work inspired by modern and bohemian design styles creating simple, stylized and unique wearable jewelry. My work combines traditional metalsmithing techniques with a range of non-traditional materials. I enjoy the realm of wearable art that incorporates other media "bsides metal", such as beads, fiber, wood, clay, glass, resin and repurposing occasional found objects.
All of my designs are created in a shipping container home studio my husband Derrick built for me on our small family farm in central rural NC. Each jewelry piece is built as a unique creation from concept to completion. My B Sides Metal's hallmark is one-of-a-kind creations, custom pieces and a small series of limited edition works.
My passion for custom created jewelry began in 2002 when I began Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design classes in college, after a lifelong love of accessories by rummaging through my mother's and grandmother's jewelry collections. While earning a Bachelors of Science in Art Education, I continued to study jewelry making — my first love. Every time I stepped into the jewelry studio and fired up an acetylene torch, I fell in love all over again. I knew that making jewelry was my passion.
Later, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Penland School of Crafts on scholarship where I studied pewtersmithing and small sculpture. It was after that fascinating experience that I started planning a business in metalwork and jewelry design. I received a local artist grant that provided me with the funding to start my business and build my dream.
After a decade in business, I now have my very own custom studio to practice my craft and run my business.
Please enjoy my work on the pages ahead and thank you for your interest. I appreciate it very much. When you shop from my small store your purchase helps contribute to making my dreams of working as a full time artist possible.