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Buongiorno with Sarah Graham Metalsmithing!

Amidst all of the madness of getting ready for COUTURE 2015 (#coutureready!), last Saturday, designer Sarah Graham took time out of her busy schedule to host a fundraiser in her San Francisco studio. Children and their parents were invited to come and explore Sarah’s studio, learn about the various metalsmithing tools and techniques, and create their own fingerprint art. Parents were¬†given the option to create Sarah’s¬†fingerprint pedants, with an imprint of their own child’s unique fingerprint, in 18k gold, oxidized cobalt chrome, or sterling silver. The result is subtle but rich jewelry with intense layers and textures and huge personal meaning; definitely not your typical “mom” jewelry!

The event, entitled “Count me In,” was a fundraiser to raise money for La Piccolo Scuola Italiano, an international Italian school in San Francisco. Sarah served drinks and snacks from the local Dogpatch bakeries and shops, creating a true community event. We caught up with Sarah to ask her a few questions about the event.

COUTURE: Why did you support La Piccolo Scuola Italiano at this event?

Sarah Graham: My son attends La Piccolo Scuola Italiano! My husband is of Italian heritage, and we live in the Italian neighborhood of San Francisco. We have been raising our son to be bilingual since he was born – first by sharing an Italian nanny with an Italian family, then by taking him to an Italian school for young ones (starting at 9 months!) then, finally LPSI, which is a preschool though 3rd grade full immersion school. It seemed a bit crazy at first, but it has payed off – little kids learn languages so much more easily than we do as adults, and he now has full comprehension of the language.

COUTURE: So tell me more about the event!

SG: The event was designed to support the school’s annual fund raiser. Each family purchased the ‘experience’ which included a sterling silver fingerprint pendant – although most of them upgraded to a gold version, so it was lucrative for all involved! We had art projects for the kids as well.

COUTURE: Is LPSI usually receptive to events like this?

SG: Yes! In addition to the language aspect, I also love that the school doesn’t shy away from technology, and in fact embraces it. My studio is located just across the street, and this neighborhood (Dogpatch) has become a hub of technology start ups in San Francisco. So, in addition to making the jewelry, we also showed the kids how to scan their fingerprints, view them on the computer screen, then print them out and decorate them. The rest of the studio, including our 3D printer, which is used to make the fingerprint patterns, was also on display.

COUTURE: It sounds like a great time! Is this the first fundraising event you’ve hosted in your studio?

SG: I’ve been using my studio as vehicle for fundraising for a number of years, and it is always a great success. It is creative and engaging and makes donors feel as if they are walking away with more than they gave, which is a real win win situation.

COUTURE: It sounds it! And might I just say, those baked goodies look incredibly yummy! See you at COUTURE in just one week!

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Michelle Orman

Michelle Orman

Michelle Orman is the president of Last Word Communications, which spearheads the public relations for the COUTURE show. A 15+ year veteran of the COUTURE community, Michelle is obsessed with all things jewelry and watch related! To be included in COUTURE Musings, email Michelle at

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