Artisans who are dedicated to their craft show it in their work. Whether it's through natural talent or years of training, there is always the original spark that speaks to us, that drives us to create. Regardless of the outcome, our dedication to what we enjoy creating speaks through what we make, which what makes handcrafted and original pieces, like these three artists below, treasured above all other possessions. Something that's meant for you, something only you have in the world.
Please give a warm welcome to this week's artists!
Jennifer Hallsey is the mastermind behind Lee Ohio Designs, where she handcrafts each of her beautiful luxe collection of jewelry in her Gulf Coast studio with only the finest stones I think I've ever seen used in handmade accessories. In her pieces, she succeeds at "playing with the juxtaposition of dramatic color and exquisite texture." Jennifer was born and raised in Maine, where she draws a lot of her influence from in her 'earthy' and 'humble' designs. She has attended and graduated from such prestigious post-secondary institutions such as Georgia's Savannah College of Art and Design, Ecole des Artes in Lacoste, France, and College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbour, Maine. She has studied in the fields of art history and paint and has received her Master's in Philosophy. On top of all that, she has made some of the most beautiful jewelry I've ever seen. Jennifer's Etsy shop showcases her 'Petite Luxe' line, while her website features her heirloom and seasonal collections.
Other shop news: Jennifer's company supports ASPCA, an organization dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals with monthly donations from their sales! Didn't I say that we artisans are charitable?
Latest tweet: @LeeOhioDesigns Off to apply for the Peter Anderson Festival. It is in November, right here in Ocean Springs. Then to the grocery store & dry cleaners.
L'Arc-en-Ciel - Rainbow bracelet, jleeohiodesigns.etsy.com