Friday, February 1, 2013

Artist Statement: LothLorien Stewart

As a self-taught metalsmith with a background in science, my work is driven by a process of experiment, often beginning with “I wonder if I could...” I began my journey by deciding to figure out how to create wedding bands for my husband and I. From the start, I was enamored with the combined toughness and malleability of metals, and the blended power and delicate precision in the tools used to shape them. As I explore the possibilities, I continue to discover the inherent qualities and character of the interactions between my tools and materials. 

Mostly Sweet Jewelry designs are inspired by the character of the place I live, at the edge of Yosemite National Park. Yosemite's stunning landscapes, charismatic wildlife, and rustic lifestyle influence my work; a day rarely passes without the gift of a new idea that beckons me into my studio. Each design provides an opportunity for me to reveal a little piece of beauty from the place where materials, tools, and my artistic vision overlap.