Hello. My name is Brooke Sides, owner, designer and metalsmith behind B Sides Metal. Welcome to my business, more popularly known as the flip side of jewelry. Since starting my jewelry business in 2005, I explore inspirations from nature, clean lines, and pattern. I thrive crafting original works of wearable art inspired by modern bohemian design styles and simple stylized art. My love of our home’s rural landscape shows in a lot of my work with creativity drawn from the colors, textures, and elements of the land we live on.
My work is slowly made in small batches and combines traditional metalsmithing techniques handcrafted in silver, gold, copper, brass, and gem stones. I also enjoy creating jewelry that incorporates other media "b'sides metal" including enamel and resin.
All of my designs are created by me in a whimsical shipping container studio that my husband built for me on our quaint family farm in Central NC. Each jewelry piece is designed as a original creation from concept to completion, starting with pencil sketches on paper that blossom into wonderful wearable art. My hallmark at B Sides Metal is creating one-of-a-kind designs as well as a small series of limited edition works. I enjoy working in small batches making pieces that are truly special and timeless.
HOW I GOT HERE
As a child I rummaged through my mother and grandmother’s jewelry collections admiring their style and the intricate detail of jewelry design. I always wondered how pieces were made. This sparked a passion for learning more about jewelry making. I began collecting beads, attending art camps and making my own jewelry from a very early age. I later began taking metalsmithing classes in 2001 while majoring in Art at Appalachian State University. Then after four years studying metalsmithing and art education I was fortunate to attend Penland School of Crafts to study Pewtersmithing on scholarship.
It was an exploration of my intrigue in metals and inquisitive love of lighting up an oxyacetylene torch to transform mundane objects into beautiful things that led me to where I am today.
Since that time, every trip I take and new destination I travel to is commemorated with a piece of wearable art. This traveling jewelry collection I have acquired is the special, personal way I cherish my travel memories and support other small businesses and artists.
It is my sincere hope that my passion for original wearable designs speaks to you. 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.