Monday, July 15, 2013

Artist Profile: Lauren Reed - US Winner of our "In Honor Of" Contest

Winner:  "In Honor of My Mother"
Lauren was voted the #1 US entry for our contest that celebrated someone special in their lives, "In Honor Of." Lauren's piece was In Honor of My Mother. "This necklace is in honor of my mother on her 50th birthday that just passed on June 14th. The heart represents my love for her, the rice pearls, coin pearl and the moonstone are her birthstones. The whimsical swirls represent her care-free personality." -Lauren Reed

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!



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