Wednesday, April 18 @ 5 – 6:15p
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Rm L160

Lola Brooks is an artist, metalsmith, clotheshorse and sometimes writer. Her work is influenced by the Victorian obsession with death and sentimentality, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the American Studio Jewelry movement that followed WWII, when artists resurrected an appreciation of the handmade by rejecting the principles of mass production. She finds inspiration in her never-ending quest for strange and beautiful materials, particularly diamonds, and her love of making things by hand. Each piece of jewelry is fabricated or carved in wax and cast. Stones may be hand-cut. This approach keeps production limited and each item unique. She believes there is a certain kind of power to be found in objects that are cultivated in exactly this way.