|Winner: "In Honor of My Mother"|
Tell us a little about yourself:
I'm a college senior majoring in Biology. Wire is my passion, I am self-taught. I also dabble in metalsmithing from time to time. I'm in the early stages of planning my wedding so hopefully I can put my creative energy to good use!
How did you get interested in jewelry making?
I started making jewelry when I was 11. It started with making beaded animal key chains that I would attach to my backpack. When I was 14 I used my allowance to purchase my first jewelry book full of various techniques, initially I was into bead weaving then I discovered wire at age 17. At 18 I began making tiaras and jewelry for friends and family and I've been hooked on wire since.
What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?
My favorite materials to use are sterling silver wire and sheet metal, silver patina, pearls, and gemstones. Who or what inspires your creative process?I am inspired by curving lines found in nature, Middle-Eastern architecture, Indian patterns, and art nouveau patterns.
Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work?
I have a facebook page: www.facebook.com/diademjewels and an etsy store: www.diademjewels.etsy.com
Thanks for sharing Lauren! It was wonderful to read a little bit about you and your work. We wish you all the best with your creative endeavors, and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!