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Born in New York City to an abstract painter father and a mother infected with a severe case of wanderlust, Leilani Jensen had an intensely nomadic and bohemian upbringing. Her mother left New York, remarried and began to explore the country in search of spiritual fulfillment. Leilani went to 10 schools in 12 years, and lived in many unusual places and situations, such as a tee-pee and several communes. Sometimes so much moving was lonely, but Leilani filled her time by becoming a voracious reader and covering her walls with drawings of women in elaborately detailed outfits and. of course, jewelry. She credits her unorthodox background with making her "highly adaptable and resourceful," and also sees her family's open-mindedness as the reason she has had the courage to explore uncharted territory.

After college in Virginia and much soul searching, Leilani discovered her passion for…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 4
  • Joined July 6, 2010

Favorite materials

hot glass, sterling silver

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About

Born in New York City to an abstract painter father and a mother infected with a severe case of wanderlust, Leilani Jensen had an intensely nomadic and bohemian upbringing. Her mother left New York, remarried and began to explore the country in search of spiritual fulfillment. Leilani went to 10 schools in 12 years, and lived in many unusual places and situations, such as a tee-pee and several communes. Sometimes so much moving was lonely, but Leilani filled her time by becoming a voracious reader and covering her walls with drawings of women in elaborately detailed outfits and. of course, jewelry. She credits her unorthodox background with making her "highly adaptable and resourceful," and also sees her family's open-mindedness as the reason she has had the courage to explore uncharted territory.

After college in Virginia and much soul searching, Leilani discovered her passion for jewelry making and chose Seattle, Washington, as the place to build her family and put down some long-awaited roots. Mostly self-taught, Leilani quickly developed a large and loyal following for her jewelry, which features unusual and striking color combinations and Leilani's innovative handmade glass jewels. Leilani strives to make her work wearable with today's fashions, yet simple and timeless. "I love the idea of a woman choosing one of my pieces because it just calls out to her. I want her to put it on and instantly feel more alive, complete and confident," says Leilani."It seems to me that jewelry, worn so close to the body, is deeply personal. It should come from the maker's heart of hearts."

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