Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Featured Artist: Linda Chandler

Linda Chandler has been making jewelry for over 20 years. What began, as a hobby has become her vocation. Linda started with wire wrapping and evolved her own original style, with an emphasis on weaving. Her woven bracelets are special and totally her own.

She began making jewelry even as a child and grew up designing and handcrafting one of a kind pieces. She is inspired from designs of nature to basic functional pieces and combines the two into literal works of art. Linda is a master craftsman in many facets of jewelry making. Whether it be silversmithing intricate filigree designs, weaving wire into almost impossible patterns or stone setting, her foremost enjoyment comes from the design to finish of her amazing pieces.

Always looking for new ways to express her creativity, Linda has studied a wide range of jewelry subjects throughout the country. She has taken courses through Arrowmount, the Midwest Federation, Metalsmithing Society in Illinois, the Gemological Institute (GIA), Indianapolis Art Center, The William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and, as taught and taken classes at (SFMS) Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina.

Linda has taught classes both locally and around the country in a variety of jewelry skills, including wire wrapping and weaving, metalsmithing and glass fusing. Linda is a (PMC) Precious Metal Clay and Art Clay certified teacher.

From wire wrapping to goldsmithing, Linda possesses a wonderful blend of creativity and curiosity. Her work has been seen in several publications, including The Wire Artist Jeweller magazine, in which she was the featured artist of the month (November, 1999). Her work has also been included in the published book, "All Wire Up" by Mark Lareau. Co-Author and Jewelry Artist of "Woven Wire Jewelry" and "Getting Started Making Jewelry". She also holds a degree in computer graphics.

She has been a vendor on Etsy for well over a year and finds it a welcome change from The traditional Art Show scene that she spent many years taking part in. She feels that Etsy is a wonderful and lucritive avenue in which to share your designs, meet fellow artisans, and share tips and techniques.

Linda and her husband live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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