Melissa is a native Texan that has spent the last ten years exploring Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle. She studied at SAIC with a focus in painting and textiles. While working at the Pratt Org in Seattle she took classes in metalsmithing and fell in love. Her daily treasure hunt and dialogue with found objects soon translated into jewelry.
Rock Paper Scissors was born of her desire to create a venue showcasing and supporting other artist an designers in addition to a market for her found objects and line of jewelry and accessories. Her partnership prior to Lancaster Atelier is Erich Ginder Studio. You can see in both projects the work has affection for the juxtaposition of nature and design object. Her aesthetic floats somewhere between the ideas of old world meets new world, modern yet earthy, feminine with a bit of a rough edge. She continues to find inspiration in the history of objects such as relics, totems, talismans and amulets. She hopes her pieces can offer the same mystical and spiritual sentiment.
Erin is an artist of many mediums. Her work ranges from jewelry, textiles and interiors. She studied visual arts at Sarah Lawrence College and lived in New York City for many years until recently. She is now working in her home state of Texas.