Shellie Funk is the creative force behind Virtualfunk Jewelry which she set up to share her unique style of bold, modern, organically handcrafted sterling silver jewelry.
Metal is an infinitely fascinating material. It is hard and strong and yet you can soften it and form it, you can melt it and transform it, it can be smooth or textured, it can be hard gloss or soft satin And it can be turned into any shape that your imagination can conjure, creating endless possibilities for designs which evolve and flow from one to another.
Shellie is largely self-taught embracing traditional metalsmithing techniques, with a design style that is heavily influenced by her fascination with different world cultures. Olde Europe, with its cobbled alleyways and mélange of gorgeous tudor, gothic, rococo, art nouveau and art deco architecture. The melding of east and west in Istanbul with its minarets and 50s American cars. The voluptuous curves of Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona. The fabulously ornate Buddhist temples in Bangkok. The spirit of Africa and its primitive art.
Jewelry empowers you with its beauty which gives energy to your identity and courage to take on life’s adventures. What little treasures will you take on your journey?