Home and Table Magazine: Greater Philadelphia Edition Spring2017 - Page 29

somagno, who lives in Newtown Borough. “It is an outgrowth of making art for me.” A still-portrait photographer on movie sets and the director of innovation and special pro- grams at Germantown Academy in Fort Wash- ington, Russomagno happened into the craft. On a 2009 trip to the Sundance Film Institute with her husband, an indie film producer, she took a jewelry-making class and, in the course creating a ring for herself, became absorbed by the process. “I could never find jewelry I liked for myself. I loved the ring. And everywhere I went, peo- ple said, ‘I love that. Where did you get it?’ ” she says. “I started to see the ring as my talisman, my portent to the future. I finally said this can’t be that hard.” So she made a few more pieces, after tutelage sessions with a Sansom Street jeweler in Center City. Every time she’d wear her pieces in public, “I’d end up selling them right off my body.” Today, Ilsa Loves Rick releases a single new collection for the year in late spring at ilsaloves- rick.com. When the orders start coming thick and fast, Russomagno taps another local artisan for help, but she still hammers and assembles each piece herself. Despite the spiking demand, nothing runs over $200. “I would never make something only a few people could buy,” she says. “I priced the line this way because I believe every woman should be able to buy affordable jewelry.” —April Lisante 29 homeandtablemagazine.com | SPRING 2017