Tuesday, October 18, 2011

laceyDU in GO NOLA

laceyDU in GO NOLA

LaceyDu Designs: Jewelry Inspired by Louisiana by Christy on May 17, 2011

One of the many things that makes New Orleans so great are the amount of artists that are continually inspired by the Gulf Coast Region. Lacey Dupre is a Louisiana jewelry designer born and raised here. Taking cues from her home state, she creates intriguing ideas and turns them into one of a kind wearable art. Anything can spur an idea, from an overheard conversation to a cause dear to her heart.

Lacey is an Environmental Scientist and draws much inspiration from her surroundings.

“I’m from Louisiana and adore the swamps. I find a lot of inspiration while I’m canoeing or atop my stand-up paddleboard. The sunsets on the Atchafalaya Basin amaze me, with the creaking cypress and dripping moss and I draw lots of inspiration from them. Aside from the grandeur of nature, I get most of my ideas in the spur of the moment.”

Growing up, Lacey painted and held an interest in creating ceramics. Today, her jewelry design is her main creative outlet but she still works with all three mediums. She prefers to use natural materials such as bone, leather, amethyst, antler, pyrite, clay, and porcelain. She even incorporates her ceramic work into her jewelry line.

Her latest collection uses nutria fur, which is considered by many to be a guilt free way to wear fur. Nutria are an invasive species to our delicate ecosystem, wreaking havoc on our marshes and wetlands with their destructive feeding habits. In fact, they are one of the biggest reasons why Louisiana is experiencing coastal erosion. Lacey is a proud member of
Righteous Fur in New Orleans. Several of the members make coats, hats and other fashionable accessories to help solve the overpopulation problem. In addition to this, Lacey donates a portion of her sales to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. For more info go to the LaceyDu website, purchase online, and keep up with where she is selling her wares by reading her blog or checking out her twitter account.

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