Welcome to West Grove Design!
Here is a place where you can find that one special thing you’ve been looking for… That unique gift of adventure we all crave in our lives. I want you to feel connected with the places you love, and to carry memories of great exploration and achievement with you as wearable art every day. The layers of our lives are often invisible, like the shapes of lakes under the surface of the water, so wear them proudly. Remember where you’ve been and take a piece of it with you.
We all have places that have a special pull and a special meaning. So make your favorite spot into a tangible experience that you can wear every day. If you love being outdoors, having traveling adventures, have a cabin on a lake, live at the foot of a mountain, take road trips every year, or just have a special place in mind, then I want to make it for you! Every piece is made by my own two hands especially for you.
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I am the owner, designer, and maker at West Grove Design.
Admiration for other artists better than myself has always been a big motivator for me. Growing up my siblings were two of those motivators I aspired to emulate. When 2-dimensional mediums didn’t live up to my expectations I had to try something new. The first time I got to stick my hands in clay and solder metal was when I found out I had been doing the wrong stuff the whole time. 3D was my way forward.
Jewelry presented itself to me in the form of wire and beadwork designs. Many of which turned into handmade gifts for family and pieces for myself. There was more though. Searching the web for new inspiration I came across a topic that stirred a couple of my passions together. I discovered mokume gane; a melding of my love for Japanese design and mastery, and my newfound fascination with jewelry and metal. Immediately I knew I had to learn the technique for myself.
When I found out that the College for Creative Studies offered all of the fine craft concentrations a girl could need I knew where I needed to go: Detroit, Michigan. For the first time in my life I fit in, my classmates liked me for who I was; a hardworking, creative, motivated individual. It didn’t matter how sarcastic I was, I felt accepted, even liked! I made some of my closest friends in those few years and I learned woodworking, glassblowing, ceramics, weaving and of course, metalsmithing, blacksmithing, jewelry design and mokume gane, finally.
I received my BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry design from CCS in 2011.
West Grove Design was hatched in my parents’ garage, where my meager home workshop began. Knowing that names could change, I wanted the name of my company to carry on my family’s name, so I translated it from Swedish and came up with West Grove. At the time I was spending a lot of time driving back and forth from my sister’s in Wisconsin where my first map design came to me. There is a particular valley on the way that I always love driving through, I get goosebumps every time the hills roll open in front of me. I wanted to capture that feeling, and loving topographic maps, that’s where I looked first.
Other designs occurred to me as I looked around my home state. I spent more time outside, exploring places I had never been and feeling increasingly at home in the outdoors. Seeing the lake-loving culture of Minnesota I designed the Chain-Of-Lakes Earrings based on the beloved lakes of Minneapolis. The first time I visited the Grand Canyon my eyes were opened to national parks. I saw firsthand the beauty and overwhelming possibility our planet has to offer, and I also saw our abuse and neglect of that potential.
It made me want to preserve and commemorate the love people have of places. I wanted to help keep those places as wild and pristine as I could. So I decided: I wanted to build a business that preserves, supports and commemorates the memories, connections, and love we, as humans, have for our natural spaces while supporting the actual places themselves.
I found home in the outdoors. When I felt most uprooted and isolated, nature anchored me and reminded me of all of the important things. I need to share this feeling. I want people to look at my pieces and be reminded of special times and special places in their lives, memories that they cherish that they can wear. My work is all about celebrating your adventures and preserving the places that make them possible. When you buy a piece from me at West Grove Design a percentage of profits will go to parks and wildlife reserves to keep them as pristine as possible.
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