Wear something original, it says a lot about you
You are creative, enthusiastic, strong, unique and expressive. You get dressed thoughtfully, it’s important to you that your clothing and jewelry reflect who you are. You choose with your heart, each piece touches you and evokes something genuine – laughter, wonder, beauty. You are not intimidated by jewelry that makes a statement. Never a slave to fashion, you know what you love and that’s what you wear.
I bet you get excited when you find something you haven’t seen before. Beautiful materials combined in unusual ways probably catch your eye, they might even sing. Those statements are true for me. You would rather wear something artful and one of a kind than something traditionally considered precious. I know you; we have a lot in common!
I have been making beautiful things with wire since 1995. I learned from Lynne Merchant and Linda Vios. In 2005 I explored my medium deeper and refined my voice and my style with NanC Meinhardt. I make one of kind statement jewelry, smaller originals you can wear every day and the occasional art wire sculpture or art piece. I use all kinds of materials including original glass and metal work collected from other artists and combine them in unexpected ways.
What my fans say:
“Melanie’s work is art that functions as jewelry – a bonus in my book! Her pieces look as good on the body as they do framed on the wall or draped on a display form. Art jewelry that is fun to wear – love it!” – Jo Ellen L
“If you want a piece of art to wear for a special occasion, you must have a piece by Melanie. Each piece she creates manages to be both beautiful and comfortable. All you need is a party, a simple black dress, and a necklace by Melanie to be the Belle of any Ball.” – Amanda T
“Melanie’s jewelry is part of our family’s annual holiday tradition. The workmanship is exceptional but it is the design that sets her work apart. Each piece is unique incorporating color and texture with a whimsical elegance. Wearing a pair of her earrings or one of her fabulous necklaces always puts a smile on my face and makes me feel totally put together!” – Hally P
“Melanie’s extraordinary designs delight and compel, and have for some years been my chosen gifts of occasion for the discriminating women in my family…and also for one edgy fashion-conscious male! My school-psychologist sister is certain spiritual energy finds nexus in Melanie’s pieces, with their inventive form and winsome beauty. Each work radiates personality and seems matched to my loved ones with a force more compelling than any talisman. These creations are evocative art and signature adornment in perfect weave.” – The Rev’d Canon George F. Woodward III
“You’ve seen the swirls of color, the outrageous clusters of gems, the heart-stopping focal pieces. But the images you see here don’t tell the whole story; For when you hold Melanie Schow’s magical wire art in your hands, whether sculpture or jewelry, you pause, stunned by the substance and weight of her whimsy. Wearing her art conjures up the experience of wearing a crown, donning armor, of majestic significance. Her materials are gathered from across the globe and woven into her gossamer visions. To own her artwork, to wear it, connects you to another world, where substance and beauty entwine in play.
While you’re here, do look at her images and feel inspired. But as soon as you can, hold her work in your hands — and experience transformation. “ – Jennifer H
I am a collector, a dog Mom, since we moved to the country a once in a while farmer, an arranger, a word smith, a coffee fanatic and I cannot resist a good joke or a bad pun.
I prefer to let my work speak for me: bold, humorous, different, evocative.
To preview the newest pieces, catch the occasional, well written musings of an artist and farmer, or find out where you can go to talk to my work in person, check out my Facebook page.