Hi, I’m Lauren! I live in Manhattan. I was always an artsy kid, and that never changed as I got older. I’ve always loved pencil drawing and painting with watercolors, as well as making all different kinds of jewelry. My grandfather was a jeweler, so maybe it’s in my blood! I’ve taken classes and learned to make bone-carved pendants in New Zealand, bead weaving in the American Southwest, and metalsmithing right here in New York.
In the past few years, I found myself increasingly fascinated by wire wrapping. As a way to relax and enjoy myself in free moments after coming home from my very hectic full-time job, I sat in front of the TV and made beaded jewelry using wire wrapping.Soon I was making more than I could possibly wear, and getting so many complements on my necklaces, that I was inspired to start an Etsy shop.I’d been an avid buyer on Etsy for years, and it seemed the perfect platform and outlet for an emerging, part-time artist.
My inspiration comes from all over- the streets of New York, the places I’ve visited and people I’ve met, glimpses of nature, saturated color, movement, and especially vintage pieces, which I love to deconstruct to create something new and evocative. I especially love taking bits of vintage chains and antique unloved beads that I’ve discovered, and putting them together in original ways to create something new and beautiful.
My shop is named Wandering Laur because I love to travel and explore, and the cultures and places that I discover around the world influence the pieces that I create. I studied anthropology as an undergraduate, and think that jewelry is a wonderful expression of culture and personality. My jewelry is eclectic, whimsical, natural, and a little bit nostalgic. I hope it makes you as happy as it has made me to create it!