Horseback riding, art classes, playing flute in my junior highschool band, performing with the University of New Mexico Modern Dance Troupe, touring in an Ionesco play with the Southwest Drama Conference...these are my memories of growing up in the beautiful Rio Grande river valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

After getting a Liberal Arts degree from St. John's College in Santa Fe, I moved to San Francisco and became a field merchandiser for CBS Records. Numerous awards to my credit, I transferred to New York as the National Director of Customer Merchandising and went on to produce visually innovative posters for artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis and Billy Joel. After eight years in the music business, I returned to my love of theatre and the performing arts, becoming the Associate Artistic Director of a small company of actors, where I specialized in directing plays by new playwrights.

I loved designing costumes, props and sets as an actor and director. While making a series of folk art mirrors, a chance encounter with the Milagro charms of Latin America and the possibilities they suggested for adornment led me into the world of jewelry design.

My father was an architect, and the intricacy and love of detail he brought to his work are reflected in my jewelry designs, as is my mother's deep love of nature, shared with me during many long sunset walks together in the New Mexico desert.

Giselle Minoli

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