This article was translated by John R. Bopp

We found out thanks to the digital paper Fort Greene Focus, which covers news about the Brooklyn neighborhood it takes its name from.  In its six years of publishing, it’s had different names, and is definitely a newspaper of pedigree.  It’s a shoot-off of our beloved New York Times, and then was passed on to New York University before finally coming under the umbrella of a company that publishes several digital papers for the different neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

They’ve recently published a thorough interview by Megan McGibney with Izaskun Zabala, a Basque artist who’s been traveling the world since she was young, always working in the field of jewelry design.  She’s been living in this New York neighborhood for years, and she tells us how living there is like living in a small town in the Basque Country, in a close-knit environment where there’s a strong feeling of community.  In the interview, she also talks about her designs and future projects.

She also discusses how, in addition to designing jewelry that’s sold throughout the US (and also the Northern Basque Country), she participates in the community life in her neighborhood, not only as a resident, but also as the owner of a successful workshop, where she teaches how to make Tibetan malas and rosaries from different religions.

It’s a very interesting story of a Basque in the world, who has a website that’s sure to catch the attention of jewelry lovers.  We recommend visiting it, and taking advantage of online shopping and international deliveries.

Fort Greene Focus – 3/12/2015 – USA

Meet Izaskun Zabala, A Local Jewelry Designer Who Brings Community To Workshops At Jill Lindsey

To be greeted by jewelry designer Izaskun Zabala is to experience warmth and openness. She greets you with a bright smile and a friendly hug, welcomes you into the two floor apartment unit she shares with a housemate on the border of Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy, and openly shares about her jewelry designs and how she and her company has grown since she launched her eponymous company just two short years ago. A native of Spain’s Basque country, Izaskun (pronounced e-THAS-cun) has seen her jewelry sold in stores and boutiques across the country, including Myrtle Avenue’s Jill Lindsey.

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Website of jewelry designer Izaskun Zabala: here