When artist Claire Hasemeier combines her talents in metalsmithing and fiber work, her sophisticated jewelry and distinctive art pieces thrill fashionistas and art lovers alike. She creates her modish knotted collars with intricate micro-macramé accented with one-of-a-kind enameled or patinated pendants. Her pendants sometimes feature bezel set or prong set cabochons.
In addition to her signature collars, Hasemeier creates pendant necklaces, brooches, earrings and artworks using micro-macramé and metals. She uses fine hard-finished tatting thread, tying as many as 500 knots in a small pendant. She stretches the boundaries of traditional knotting to create spirals, curves, contours, color accents and variegated color patterns in the pieces she knots in her studio in Elsberry, in Lincoln County.
A love of art, a love of horses and a happy Valentine’s Day • Although Hasemeier has long produced art and jewelry in her home studio, art wasn’t her only love. “Horses and art have been my two big areas of interest throughout my life. Growing up, I always had horses. I studied ceramics in college. My husband and I were both art students when we met at Meramec Community College,” she says. “Before we had kids, I was doing ceramics, giving riding lessons and training horses, and then everything changed. We had triplets, three girls, born on Valentine’s Day.”
Creative chaos and explorations • “I wouldn’t say everything artistic came to a halt, but things obviously changed when I had triplets,” she says. “I found creative outlets that worked for me — making my kids clothes, decorating cakes, and I was always making things for other people. We purchased property in Elsberry because our goal was to have horses. The girls grew up riding, and I rode with them.”