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Land & Laboratory is the creation of one woman's fascination with found objects and need for artistic expression.

I have always been interested in creating new objects from the old. As a teen, I made handbags from jeans and dresses that no longer fit me. Without a sewing machine, I gave my old clothes new life as fashionable accessories. My love for making jewelry began soon after, when I came across my mother's jar of vintage buttons. I found six red buttons and strung them together in pairs of three to make a pair of earrings.

Years later, I double majored in Fine Arts (painting) and Art History. When I began graduate studies in art history in 2007, I had to give up my beloved studio space. Suddenly, my work decreased in scale as I began working out of my apartment.

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  • Joined June 19, 2009

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Buttons, shells, beads, wire

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About

Land & Laboratory is the creation of one woman's fascination with found objects and need for artistic expression.

I have always been interested in creating new objects from the old. As a teen, I made handbags from jeans and dresses that no longer fit me. Without a sewing machine, I gave my old clothes new life as fashionable accessories. My love for making jewelry began soon after, when I came across my mother's jar of vintage buttons. I found six red buttons and strung them together in pairs of three to make a pair of earrings.

Years later, I double majored in Fine Arts (painting) and Art History. When I began graduate studies in art history in 2007, I had to give up my beloved studio space. Suddenly, my work decreased in scale as I began working out of my apartment.

My need for creating small works of art (and keeping my apartment clean) made me put down the paint brush and revisit my love for creating jewelry and accessories.

Initially, I began making jewelry to help me deal with both the stress of graduate school and my frustrations with no longer having a space to create large-scale paintings. Soon, however, I found myself taking requests for pieces from family members and friends. From there, my work grew. Friends of those friends and family members began asking where and how they could attain one of my pieces, and the word spread.

That's where Etsy came in.

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