Sonja has been enamored of Smith Street and its environs for some time and has decided to reopen Fassbinder to interact again with customers while promoting jewelry and other select objects as art in a cultural framework in the store. Sonja says: “It’s going to be great to be back in the middle of it all again, and I look forward to the time on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be right now.”
Her own jewelry harkens back to her Bavarian upbringing with many of her pieces having textures found in nature such as snakeskin, bark, and wood. Her pieces combine elements of angular German geometry and European minimalism, with soft, feminine features. Before coming to New York, Sonja’s work took her from Munich to Hamburg, making one of a kind pieces working in the latter for Hilde Leiss, an internationally renowned jewelry designer. Sonja Fries produces her pieces by hand using traditional methods. There are no mass-produced, one-piece castings. Much like an architect she sets out with a unique vision and carefully selects her materials. In her own words: “You design a piece and then you start constructing, layer by layer.”
The holiday shop will be open November 8, 2012 through January 31, 2013. The store is located at 233 Smith Street between Butler and Douglas in Brooklyn. The store is open Monday to Sunday 12 – 9 pm. In addition to her holiday shop, her work can be found at www.sonjafriesllc.blogspot.com or http://www.sonja-fries.com.