Alicia Hanson, an environmental graphic designer by training, jewelry designer and creator by heart. She comes from a family prolific in art and design. Raised in bare feet on the warm sands of Hawaii, she is immersed in the natural wonders of tropical and island influences. Themes of vintage tropical floral, vintage exotica, Hawaiiana and Asian art can be found throughout her work. As a young adult, Alicia spent time in rural mountain towns on the west coast. Driving dusty, dirt back-roads to explore turquoise and crystal mines, while collecting antlers and shiny silver objects along the way. She enjoys fauna and the homestead way of life. As a child Alicia spent many hours creating and peddling her creations to friends. As an adult she spends numerous hours creating and peddling it to friends and beyond.
Alicia met her husband Brad, a fellow artist, traveler and maker, as their personalities, lifestyles and souls melded and forged Brad and Alicia fused a union in which the process of designing and creating jewelry together proved to be a natural expression. Participating together in the alchemy and transformation metals express when they are exposed to various elements is fascinating and awe-inspiring and they find themselves hooked. Together the two traveled by car and ferry, to learn silversmithing and the art of Lost Wax Casting at Pratt Fine Art in Seattle, WA.
Timeless necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and cuffs are handcrafted in the small island town of Honomu located at the gateway of Akaka Falls, on the Hilo side of the Big Island Hawaii. All of these botanically inspired originals are created using the lost wax casting method. SilverBotanica’s Designer | Owner, Alicia Hanson, resides in Honomu and travels to tropical locations across the globe, where she continues to be inspired and create new designs. Alicia & her husband, Brad Johnson cast each original creation in their artisan studio. The Artisan studio has a brick & mortar location and store that is open daily 12-6 pm. And visitors are welcome to tour the studio and learn first hand the process of lost wax casting and silversmithing. Silversmithing & Lost Wax Casting Classes and Workshops are Available. Together artist’s Brad & Alicia spend countless hours sketching, carving, soldering, organic gardening, tending to kid-ohs, cooking for friends, scouring thrift shops and venturing on road trips, documenting with thousands of photos along the way, all apart of their journey and creation process. Alicia and Brad are also the founders of Hi Octane Jewelry, check out their Revvv’d of line of hot rod jewelry inspired by their love affair with old cars.