- Decatur, Illinois
The jewelry style I’ve developed for my signature work can often be described as brutalist. In my metalwork I’m inspired by the natural forms and textures of metal, like rough nuggets mined from the earth and the colors the metals take on when heated or cooled. I am also fascinated by stones and crystals and their perceived properties, so I enjoy adding natural elements to my work like said stones and leather.
I was born and raised in Decatur but currently reside with my husband in Oreana.
In 2011, I discovered and attended Gem City College in Quincy, Illinois. I enrolled in the nine month jewelry design and fabrication course, which consisted of five individuals, one of them being female (myself). There I received certification for Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing in 2012.
Upon moving home to Decatur, my mother and I decided to jump into a dream we talked about since I was a little girl: opening a shop where we can sell everything we could ever want to make. In 2014 we opened a studio shop inside Mt. Zion’s Heroic Age Art Center and stayed there until our recent move and change of name in August of 2018. We are currently celebrating 5 years of business.
Aside from jewelry work and running my shop, I direct a group called New & Growing Artists of Central Illinois. The NAGACI group aims to offer reasonable opportunities to artists, such as social gatherings, marketing related lectures and round tables, and pop-ups for selling art. I am also a strong and consistent advocate for local small businesses.
2014-Present: Owner, Operator, Designer and Metalsmith at The Laurel & The Linden
Where to Buy
Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.