Enchainements was a 2010 Copper Finalist for The Halstead Grant. Jewelry designer Laura Poplin started out in the industry as a traditional chainmaille artist but quickly added unconventional embellishments to her maille designs such as leather, gemstones and pearls. She is mainly self-taught, only learning from a few local artists in her community, and believes her limited training has allowed her the freedom to grow. Her three main techniques are chain maille, leather working and metalsmithing.
Laura’s book, Unconventional Chain Mail Jewelry, due to hit shelves on May 15, 2012, will cover five basic chain maille projects and also include sections on leather working, wire gauging, texturing metals and making jump rings. Click the link to pre-order your copy.
As an active member of the American Craft Council, Ohio Arts Council and the Dayton Visual Arts Center, Laura has recently found a love in teaching developmentally disabled people the art of jewelry making. To find out more about her classes, workshops and book signings click this link to her upcoming schedule in the Ohio area.
The Halstead Grant is accepting 2012 applications between April 15 and June 9th this year. The winner will receive a $6,000 prize package for their silver jewelry start-up. Visit the grant website to download an application.