Franjuli founder and consummate student of nature, Lisa Cottone, explores the rhythms of nature revealing the marvelous connection between science and art. As a scientist, Dr. Cottone studied the human brain, but ultimately found her calling as an artist, translating her scientific observations into art. The medium she uses, metal crochet, honors her grandmother who taught her how to crochet, while satisfying her intellectual curiosity at the harmony of structure and function within the human brain. Through precious metals, painstakingly crocheted and adorned with gems, Cottone stylishly transforms the beauty and ingenuity of nature’s patterns into wearable art . Cottone lives and works in New York with her husband and two children.

Lisa's jewelry is inspired by her personal and professional journey through the natural, scientific, and creative realms. By crocheting fine silver wire into wearable structures that mimic patterns seen in nature, she is able to transform her observations of the natural world into concrete form. Using a minute stainless steel crochet hook, I bend, pull, and twist the wire through a series of stitches that have been adapted for work with metal. Metal wire behaves differently than yarn; it is less flexible and unforgiving. In contrast to the fast rhythm with which she crochets yarn, Lisa adopts a significantly slower pace with metal, concentrating on each stitch to ensure its perfection before starting the next stitch. Crocheting in this manner allows Lisa to be mentally present with the piece I am working on, as opposed to having my attention drift while her hands assume automatic pilot. As such, crocheting with wire is a mindful and meditative process, keeping the artist in the moment.

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  1. Esther Neuman
    July 28, 2015

    How do I purchase the franjuli jewelery?


    • admin
      September 15, 2015

      Hi, Esther! We will happily set up a special order for anything you would like. Feel free to email us at


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