100 Creatives 2012: Ana Mae Holmes, Jewelry Designer

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Photos courtesy of Ana Mae Holmes
What she does:

Ana Mae Holmes is the creator and owner of {temple street}, a line of handcrafted, limited-edition jewelry. "I do a limited run on my designs, which means I may only make ten of a certain necklace, and when it's sold out, it's gone," Holmes said.

Holmes describes her jewelry line as "playful" and "eclectic." Unique materials like quartz, woven rope and gold and silver chains and unusual shapes make up her quirky, clustered statement pieces. "I use an unexpected mix of elements to keep your eye moving across the design."

As a little girl growing up in Crown Point, Indiana, Holmes and her three sisters were always playing around with jewelry and fashion, creating their own wardrobe designs -- even making and selling beaded flower rings to friends. The inception of {temple street} came about when a beloved statement necklace Holmes owned broke. Instead of lamenting its loss, she decided to put it back together again, this time using stronger, semiprecious stones. She continued to work on "refining" her knack for making jewelry, and at the suggestion of a friend, started {temple street} in October 2011, taking the name of her line from the largest market street in Hong Kong, where she and her husband honeymooned.

Since its launch, {temple street} has been picked up in various boutiques around Houston, the most recent being Dao Chloe Dao fashion boutique in Rice Village.

Why she likes it:

"Designing jewelry offers a creative outlet for me in the industry that I love: fashion. I create statement necklaces and bracelets that women love to wear -- from their LBD (little black dress) to a plain white tee. I love to dress women, accessorize them and make them feel like they can take on the world."

Who inspires her:

"The '{temple street} girl' inspires me -- a girl who makes bold fashion choices, knows who she is and what she likes. She takes risks with her wardrobe, setting the trends and putting her own spin on current en vogue styles," Holmes said. To give jewelry lovers a better idea of her inspiration, she invites them to view her Pinterest board, filled with images that evoke the image of the '{temple street} girl'.

Darcy necklace

If not this, then what?

When not "creating fashion," Holmes works at a local public relations and advertising firm. If she weren't working on growing her young line, Holmes would continue her growth in the "exciting and rewarding" world of PR, of which, she says, "no two days are ever the same."

If not here, then where?

"I love Houston," she said. "I truly believe that it's an up-and-coming fashion city. We're the third-largest city in the U.S., and it's an inspiring culture filled with women who love fashion."

If not here, though, says Holmes, she would pick Los Angeles, another fashionable city.

What's next?

"{temple street} is a jewelry line that is constantly evolving. I hope to continue designing necklaces and bracelets that my customers love, incorporating new techniques and intriguing elements. In the coming months, you'll see a few earrings pop up in the collection, which I'm truly excited about."

Holmes also hopes to add clothes to her collection soon.

More Creatives for 2012
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

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Jerry Ochoa, violinist and filmmaker
Raul Gonzalez, painter, sculptor, photographer
Roy Williams, DJ of medieval music
Laura Burlton, photographer
David Peck, fashion designer
Rebecca Udden, theater director
Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer
Paul Fredric, author
John Sparagana, photographer
Damon Smith, musician and visual artist
Geoff Winningham, photographer

Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist
Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor

Katya Horner, photographer
Johnathan Felton, artist
Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer

Carol Simmons, hair stylist
Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet
Greg Carter, director
Kenn McLaughlin, theater director
Justin Whitney, musician
Antone Pham, tattoo artist
Susie Silbert, crafts

Lauralee Capelo, hair designer
Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer
Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ
ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer
Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director
J.J. Johnston, theater director
Mary Margaret Hansen, artist
Richard Tallent, photographer
Viswa Subbaraman, opera director
Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist
Sonja Roesch, gallery owner
Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor
Sandy Ewen, musician
Camella Clements, puppeteer

Wade Wilson, gallery owner

Magid Salmi, photographer
Carl Williams, playwright

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