Lauren Markley

Stitched Scaffold Brooch 

Materials: Sterling silver, silk thread

Dimensions: 1.75 x 2 x .5 inches

My jewelry, at once both small-scale sculpture as well as ornament for the body, is a personal interpretation of my immediate surroundings, and it hopefully evokes a sense of place and a sense of mystery in its wearers and observers.

About the Artist:

Lauren Markley was born and raised in Kansas, and she earned degrees in Physical Anthropology before becoming a jeweler. She began studying metalsmithing in 2007 and has taken classes in New York City, the Penland School of Crafts, and at the University of Iowa. Her jewelry can be found online and in boutiques and galleries throughout the United States, as well as in Korea and Malaysia. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC.

"Architecture and history often serve as departure points for my jewelry. I have always had an interest in dwellings and other structures as keepers of history and memory, and I am especially intrigued by visual elements associated with the construction and renovation of buildings (diagrams and blueprints, piles of raw materials) as well as their deconstruction (exposed rebar, crumbling plaster, peeling paint, dangling wires, charred beams).

I explore these themes through the use of a visual vocabulary that includes structural shapes and textures evocative of unfinished states and of decay. I achieve this through various surface treatments such as painting, burning, scratching, mark-making, and stitching. I utilize a range of material in my work, from precious metals such as sterling silver and gold, to brass, reclaimed wood, and textile.

My jewelry, at once both small-scale sculpture as well as ornament for the body, is a personal interpretation of my immediate surroundings, and it hopefully evokes a sense of place and a sense of mystery in its wearers and observers."

To view more work by Lauren, visit her SNAG Maker Page.