I grew up in a family where my mom had seven sisters who would allow me to play in their jewelry boxes and dress up in their handmade clothes. I was fascinated by the different types of colorful beads and gems which started me on the path to loving any and everything eccentric. I absolutely had to have yellow hair to match my yellow graduation dress, and I was the kid in school who insisted on wearing one blue sock, and one red one. What I noticed was, other kids started wearing different colored socks too. Lo and Behold, A Trend Setter was born!
A graduate of The New School/Parsons School of Design in New York with an MA in Media Studies, my passion for all that glittered led me to the Entertainment industry for many years, where I held positions that focused on Trend Spotting and Image Building.
Personal Assistant to a Celebrity Recording Artist, One of the players in the Original Programming, and Publicity Departments at a Major Cable Television Network, Segment Producer on a well known Television News Show, I had an opportunity to mingle with Fashionistas and Celebrities on a daily basis, and to determine what was hot enough to put on air! Although fun, the artist in me was lying dormant, and my career path became unfulfilling. I think we all have a place in us that yearns to find IT. When you find IT…You know IT!!…
After studying different jewelry design techniques in different parts of the world, as well as study at World Renown Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Rhonda Hamilton Designs also known as Just Funki Handcrafted Wearable Art was born.
My aim is to provide clients with a feast of rich and jeweled items for Him or Her, to celebrate all that is luxurious, lustrous, ornamental and fabulous!
Creations that are one of a kind or limited edition are crafted by hand with Copper, Brass, Sterling, Precious Metal Clay, Bronze, Semi-Precious Gems, and Hand Cut Rocks and Stones. Other materials like Acrylic, Wood, Polymer Clay, Crystals, and Glass are also incorporated into creations. For works of art that will be duplicated, designs are hand carved in wax or models made to create molds for duplication.
Just Funki was voted winner of Westchester Magazines "The Best Of Westchester" Award for Most Unique Jewelry in New York's County of Westchester in 2013, for the jewelry collection known as Just Funki Handcrafted Wearable Art.
Voted Winner of The RAW Natural Born Artists RAWards for New York 2015
Rhonda Hamilton - Artist and Owner
Just Funki Handcrafted Collectable and Wearable Art