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Fine Craft Collective

Terri Zawacki

I have always loved making beautiful things. At a young age I began to create art, mostly cross-stitch, embroidery and needlepoint pictures.

As a child my family went camping, then purchased land and built a cabin in Northern Minnesota; it was then that I began my fascination with nature and rocks. I remember taking off and wandering the banks of the lake, collecting beautiful rocks as I went.

In the year 1998 I saw a necklace (made with stone and glass beads accented with silver findings) in a magazine that I just had to have, well one almost like it, I knew there were things that I’d change. Having spent years doing some kind of craftwork I decided to try to make it myself.

I collected rock and glass beads, silver findings and all else needed to complete the project. I loved the process so much that I knew I had to make more. And I did. My second attempt was a gift, almost like mine, but with a twist. I gave it to her, everyone was envious and I was hooked, I had to make more!

In 2004 I decided to take my journey one step further and I started Jewelers School. There I learned the magic of casting, designing and creating of metal jewelry. I found that I love designing wonderful jewelry that myself and others can wear and enjoy. It thrills me to see one of my ideas go from a thought, to a sketch, then finally into a finished piece of wearable Art.

In 2016 I took a class on making Sami Inspired Jewelry. The Sami are the Indigenous peoples of Scandinavia, mostly known for being Reindeer herders. I knew I had found another style that I needed to embrace.
My business name, Cardinal Points Designs came from a search starting with “Rosslyn” from the Holy Grail Legend. I was using the thesaurus to find just the right word. And I find the term “Cardinal Points” This represents the “true” North-South-East-West directions, now I had it! This is what I want to create, pieces that aid in healing people on their journeys in life, whichever direction they choose.