Plants and flowers are sustainably hand-gathered from local wild places in WA and north Idaho (as well as my garden), then pressed and dried them for later use. Most often this is a family affair involving my four year old daughter - who knows most of the names of the wildflowers that we collect. To create earrings and pendants, these botanicals are sealed with hand poured layers of jewelers resin within quality metal frames. Silver pieces are created using traditional metalsmithing fabrication such as sawed by hand, formed, soldered, and polished.
Melanie Mercer holds a B.S. in Conservation of Wildlands Resources and a M.A. in Whole Systems Design. She has worked for non-profits including The Wilderness Society, Forterra and United Way. She has done forest ecological study work in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, New Zealand and Washington State including the Olympic Peninsula. She has also studied photography and was a freelance and contributing musician photographer to The Stranger in Seattle. Additionally, Melanie was a market farmer in north central Missouri - growing and selling flowers, produce as well as offering hand-made silver jewelry. Melanie is a self-taught silversmith and has participated in arts and crafts shows in Kansas City, Seattle, Portland, Eugene and the greater Inland Northwest. She currently resides in Spokane, Washington.
Wild relates to "a (of an animal or plant) living or growing in the natural environment; not domesticated or cultivated" and
Grace comes from Melanie's middle name as well as the true definition of the word "simple elegance or refinement of movement."