ABOUT MY WORK

Exploring the outdoors and creating art from nature. These are the two ventures that bring me the most joy. I am a landscape and nature photographer first. I am drawn to every single little detail in nature. Tree branches, fog, rocks, flora, water, light...Whether it's in my hands or through my viewfinder, nature brings me the most happiness.

Located in Oregon, I am surrounded by such a diverse range of terrain. Mountains, deserts, ocean, rain forests.. It's a never ending playground for someone like me! I have always enjoyed collecting rocks, driftwood, pressing flowers and other things along those lines. I have been creating with my hands all of my life. In 2006 I built and ran An October Light in St. Louis, MO. Creating personalized wax art by taking clients photos, bridal bouquets or memorial flowers and embedding them into hand poured luminary/hurricane candle lanterns. Upon moving to Oregon in 2010, my creative interests shifted and my love for the outdoors grew. I explored every possibility on how I can combine my passion for flora, rocks and nature into something more. I stumbled upon epoxy resin in 2018. And that is what has set me on the creative path I am on now. As someone who has never worn a piece of jewelry in her life, it came as a surprise to me that making jewelry would be the craft that stuck. Making my own jewelry by hand has opened up a whole new world for me. Such as soldering, metalwork, woodworking, sculpting, getting to use an array of  tools while getting lost for hours in making these tiny little things. And in turn, I now have even more of an excuse to engage myself in nature.
 

I previously created my work under the name Pacific Northwest Nature Studio. But it never really felt like it fit me and the vibe of my work. The name Pretty Fern came on a whim. I had recently adopted a cat, whom I named Bracken, after my love for ferns. And she is my Pretty Fern.

 

I incorporate a variety of mediums combined with nature elements into my work. Copper and copper electroforming, sterling silver and silver casting from handmade organic molds, polymer clay, precious metal clay, resin, wood, glass.. And my interests are continuously growing! I like to evoke a feeling of organic, rustic and handmade into my pieces. I make pieces that I am personally drawn to. I embrace physical flaws in my work as they only add to the piece's unique character. A cookie cutter, straight out of the mold product is not my style. And if I can make it myself from scratch, I will. I am completely self-taught in photography and metal-smith/jewelry making, avoiding as many outside influences as possible. The road to achieving satisfying, creative goals may be longer and more challenging, but I feel like that is the only way one can achieve their own unique style. Which in turn leads to greater fulfillment and pride in ones work.

 

Thank you for taking the time to view my creative passions. I hope that they will bring someone out there joy, motivation, a creative spark or just a pleasant moment, the same as they've brought me.

-erin

© 2020 Pretty Fern

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