100 Creatives

39: Seth Gideon Fainkujen

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Seth Gideon Fainkujen says he's a jeweler by trade, but he enjoys making a variety of beautiful objects.

When he's not hand-engraving, stone setting, or fabricating, he's likely painting, drafting, or designing accessories that he sells through private shows, and his independent venture, Mother of Gideon.

I came to Phoenix with . . . I was born in San Francisco. My family roots are deep in Arizona going back about five generations.

I make art because . . . I honestly probably started making art when I was a lot younger because my brother did and I look up to him. My parents encouraged us to go for what we loved. Creating has all ways been something dear to me.

I am most productive when . . . I couldn't really put my finger on when I'm most productive. I feel like I've had equal part full as well as when I've been empty. I feel I could always be more.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . I really couldn't say but, you know when you feel it. it is beautiful.

I've learned the most from . . . learning is a strange thing. I've learned from being wrong... a lot. I have also been blessed to have amazing people in my life. Putting in a lot of hours has helped, understanding process first before manipulating is very important, and making mistakes has taught me about myself and has forced me to ask and answer the questions of who I am and what I stand for.

Good work should always be . . . ambitious and well done.

The Phoenix art scene could use . . . probably more people with money and a discerning eye for quality work.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada 60. Benjamin Phillips 59. Brad Armstrong 58. Angela Hardison 57. Tyler Quinn 56. Andrew James Benson 55. Charles Anthony Darr 54: Tiffe Fermaint 53. Eric Cox 52. Victor Vasquez 51. John Randall Nelson 50. Lauren Lee 49. Kyle Jordre 48. Julie C. Kent 47. Sean Deckert 46. Niba DelCastillo 45. Joseph Benesh 44. Ashley Harder 43. Dan Vermillion 42. Daniel Shepherd 41. James B. Hunt 40. Lori Fenn

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