New Artist Announcement!
Heather Morphew Nelson
Des Moines , IA
I have enjoyed creating since I was a child. My father made his living as a self-employed carpenter and I took after his love of creating. My earliest memory of creating jewelry was when I was seven years old -- making earrings for all of my friends to wear for school pictures. I have experience with ceramics, stained glass, and lamp working, but creating jewelry is my passion.
Morphew Designs was born in 2010 as my jewelry creation was making a transition from a personal interest to an actual business, and is a tribute to my father who passed in 2003. Much of my inspiration comes from the beauty of the natural world: the oceans, lakes, forests, mountains, stars, planets, galaxies...the magnitude of this universe. I am always amazed. I have a passion for creating and strive for originality, quality and craftsmanship.
I specialize in incorporating metals with natural stones and applying various techniques to achieve unique colors, textures and designs. All designs are original and many are one of a kind.
Copper is my favorite metal for it's warmth and character. It is the most versatile metal for exploring texture and patinas. Copper is also hypoallergenic, like its sister metals -- gold and silver. Some of my other favorite materials include turquoise, freshwater pearls, and earthy semi-precious gemstones. My pallet is a reflection of the color schemes, forms and textures found in nature.