Artist's love of bling makes artwork shine

"Miss" Andrea Jarvis brightens up the art world with her bling projects.

The side room of her house has become “Miss” Andrea Jarvis’ creative hideout. The room features photos from her world travels with musicians and a long table filled with her favorite thing – “bling”.

“Bling, nowadays in our society, refers to jewelry, shiny rhinestones, diamonds, gems of all nature,” she said. “It’s been around for centuries.”

Jarvis uses her favorite shiny materials produces eye-catching results. Since 2013, she has been assembling works of art from her "bling." She creates statues and sculptures from many different materials, including rhinestones, crystals and other tiny objects.

She says she’s one of the only artists in the world making large pieces of art with bling. Each of her pieces includes at least one cloisonné animal.

“Bling art is not something that you have to contemplate what it is. It’s a happy art,” said Jarvis. “It brings your spirits up.”

Her pieces, which take four to eight months to finish even with eight- to 10-hour work sessions, are on display all over Pinellas County. She has six pieces on display at the Dillards in Countryside’s Westfield Mall, two more at the Dunedin Fine Arts center and three at the Entel Gallery in Safety Harbor.

The pieces were originally not for sale, but Jarvis has opened up a few of them to be purchased. The price of each piece is determined by the amount of bling and hours required to complete the project. All 12 of her finished pieces are priced between $6,000 and $10,000.

“They’re colorful. They’re shiny. They just make you feel good,” she said as she glued another rhinestone onto her latest project, a three-tiered cake. “They make me feel good making them!”

Jarvis’ work can be seen on artofbling.com. One of her pieces was recently featured on the cover of Tampa Bay Magazine.

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