I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY how Sharlaine Anapu makes her etched-bronze cuffs and shimmering, almost liquid-looking silver bracelets. But I know it involves wax, metal, a hammer and a flame. And those tools, that method, must make Anapu’s studio, part of F Street Art on F Street NW downtown, a place of industry and wonder.
Born in New Zealand, Anapu has lived in Washington, D.C., for most of the 35 years she has been in the States. Her work, she explains, is strongly influenced by her home country’s European and Pacific cultures. She brought the two strands together while completing a three-year certificate program in jewelry making at the Corcoran School of Art.
Anapu is one of half a dozen jewelry makers featured at Makers’ Mart, the first arts and craft fair sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The fair will be held in the museum’s Great Hall on Sunday, April 10, through Tuesday, April 12. Admission is $10 ($8 for seniors) and includes complete museum access.
The museum is at 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.; www.nmwa.org.