Being awed by the simple things of life and transforming that inspiration into divine jewelry is how Nancy Lee thrives.
“I would go crazy if there were no means for me to express the things which inspire me,” admits Lee owner of Nancy Lee Designs Studio. “Fortunately I have found my voice in metal, and that seems to be doing the trick.”
Her passion is metal fabrication. She takes a sheet or piece of wire and cuts it into a dimensional form. Sometimes adding gemstones, found objects or coloring the surface with patinas occurs. Lee’s favorite is finding a castoff piece of scrap and evolving it into wearable fashion statements.
Every day holds new possibilities, surprises and inspirations for the artist. Every night, dreams hold further meaning through imagery, which she journals and explores once awoke. There is no end to it!
Additionally, Lee shares her zeal with the community. She’s eager to see what their creations manifest.
“Teaching helps me share my passion for working with metals by first creating enthusiasm for the medium. They cook up their own creations,” she says. “It is so rewarding to see what my students come up with.”
An emotion. Sparked memory. A desire. Those are the imageries that tug on the creative heart of Lee.
“My goal is to first create that feeling. My client is an independent minded person who is comfortable using her own voice and setting her own trends,” she explains. “Learning how to create metal really sparked something.”
You can find Lee at the Circle City Industrial Complex during IDADA’s First Friday Art Tours; from 6-9 p.m. the first Friday of each month.