Shelly found her love for creating jewelry while living in New Zealand, inspired by the landscape and rugged west coast beaches of the North Island.
Eventually making her way back home to Minnesota, she found her inspiration was again fueled by nature. When Shelly is not in her studio, her next favorite place to be is paddling in a canoe in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Shelly likes to mix natural fibers, sterling silver, copper, brass, beads, found objects and semiprecious stones to make jewelry that is meaningful to her.
She often leaves the marks and imperfections made during the hand-building process to enrich the finished pieces. She uses fine jeweler’s sandpaper and various patinas to create a charcoal effect on the finished piece. Her end design looks organic and is comfortable to wear.
Shelly’s jewelry is made from recycled or sustainably sourced materials that have a low impact on the planet and age beautifully.
She is grateful and most inspired when her jewelry, and the spirit in which it was crafted, resonate with you.