Lisa Williams, a Chicago-based jewelry designer and silversmith, has enjoyed early success with her distinctive wearable art. Her dramatic jewelry designs, which reflect her background in sculptural copper work, silversmithing, and stone setting, are on display at the Santa Fe Shop in Fish Creek.
Williams derives her inspiration for textures, shapes, lines, and patterns from simple everyday details. Among her greatest sources of inspiration is a box of “metal things,” including found objects, scrap, as well as her own experimental designs, in various stages, which she saves and uses to spark imagination and evolution.
Williams’ talent and motivation lie in the process of transforming cold, flat metal and wire into flowering, feminine wearable art. To manipulate the metal, she employs an array of techniques, including hammering, hollowware, enameling, etching, and tool fabrication.
Her work encompasses all aspects of jewelry making, from rings and earrings to bracelets and necklaces. Her designs boast an urban, yet feminine quality, characterized by delicate and intricate wire patterns, leafy designs, and unusual gemstones. Each piece is hand fabricated with an emphasis on individuality.
Lisa earned a BFA in design with an emphasis in metalsmithing from the University of Kansas. She also has studied jewelry design and adornment at Elmhurst Art Museum.
The Santa Fe Shop is located at 4147 Main Street in Fish Creek. For more information call 920.868.4300.