About Vivian Saade
Are you an assertive and confident woman?
Do you like designs that provide a clear sense of who you are, and what you like, without the need to impress anyone but yourself?
Minimalism, an extreme use abstraction, order, simplicity and harmony has been my passion, solace, source of strength and peace for many years. This revelation started when I was introduced to the Minimalist movement as I went back to school to study art. Although I had four children at the time, lived two hours from school, and those close to me did not support my decision to study and become an artist, I was determined to follow my passion and dream to get a formal education.
Through 9 years of perseverance, I earned an Associate and a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, as well as a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Earning three degrees in art from such specialized schools was something I never thought I would be able to achieve. I was born and raised in Mexico, in a traditional Sephardic Jewish community, where women before me rarely went to college. Many of them didn’t even finish high school, and as a matter of fact, I didn’t, either. I got married very young and two years later, I had my daughter. Shortly after her birth, we moved to San Diego, California.
When we moved, I didn't speak English and missed my family and friends deeply. Needless to say, it was a big adjustment for me. During the eight years that we lived there, I gave birth to my second and third daughters. I spent all of my time at home taking care of my daughters, and although I loved being with them, something was missing. Slowly, I fell into a depression. I realized that I needed to do something for myself, so I started taking art classes and loved it; I knew then I wanted to be an artist.
Around that time, we to moved to New Jersey, and I decided to pursue an education in art. I applied to Parsons School of Design and got accepted. Going to school to study art made me very happy. Creating filled the void that I had for such a long time. I enjoyed working with materials and seeing my vision come alive. Learning about art history, meeting creative people, and visiting the museums and galleries in New York gave me a different view of life. Looking at Minimalism changed my aesthetic and values both as an artist and as an individual.
Over two decades, I looked at and explored Minimalism in my work and my life. After working in various art forms and exhibiting my work in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally, I decided to turn to jewelry to express a sense of tranquility, harmony, and assertion that objects designed with restraint and simplicity can bring to a woman.
Designing jewelry gave opportunities like exhibiting my work and meeting remarkable people. Right after creating my first jewelry piece, Concave Ring, with the guidance of my teacher and mentor Bianca Lopez, I was selected to show my work, along with other artists from Bianca’s studio, at the Oratorio di San Rocco in Padova, Italy, as well as at Deka Jewelry gallery in New York City.
The Concave Ring is also the first piece of jewelry that I sold, and I am happy that my customer Elana loved it. Here is what she had to say:
I want to thank you, Vivian, for the gorgeous ring. I first saw the ring on your website and I fell in love instantly. It is one of the most substantial pieces of jewelry I own. What I love about the ring is its subtle contours, which have an organic feel. The piece is so comfortable and easy to wear. Its style makes it adaptable for dressy or casual occasions. I love seeing the new pieces you create as your website grows. I hope to one day own more of your custom designs. Your devoted client, Elana E.
Elana E. talks about jewelry designer Vivian Saade
I am now working on some very sleek and modern designs, pushing the Minimalist aesthetic to a higher level. I'm very excited about how the pieces look and can’t wait to share them with you.
I love every aspect of the process of jewelry making, and I get great satisfaction in visualizing a piece, working on it and seeing it come to life. I believe the creative process is as important as the final result. Therefore, I invite you to become an INSIDER to get first pick on my designs, find out about news and events and get my newsletter Inside the Studio.
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You want a unique piece of jewelry designed just for you? I would love to help! I provide custom jewelry services. To learn more go to my Custom page.