Tara Locklear

Raleigh, NC

I am inspired by industrial and social culture materials but driven by my love affair with color. My material choices have unique graphic and color qualities; exploring and forming them is the heart of my studio practice. All of my material choices have inherent beauty and strength beyond their functioning identity. Pushing boundaries of color and pattern with the existing worn street patinas of the broken, recycled skateboards that I use, paired with handmade sterling silver designs, creates playful but powerful jewelry. These dual factors are the reasons why the jewelry resonates memory, time, and place to any who encounter it. Harnessing every day with a unique sense of self is what my work strives to aide. My focus is to create fine, hand crafted jewelry that empowers individuality and brings a refreshing point of view to contemporary jewelry. This is my idea of what everyday jewelry should be.