The month of February we will be featuring our newest jewelry artist in the gallery, Nancy Foo! Nancy brings an elegant simplicity to the gallery’s jewelry collection, focusing on minimalist designs that use skillfully hand-cut stones and subtle lines to tell stories.
Inspired by her time living at Grand Canyon and exploring Northern Arizona, she thoughtfully names every necklace, bracelet, and earring set, harkening back to the moment in time, place or aspect of nature that inspired its design.
Nancy has an eye for stones and has collected them since she was a child. She uses her decades of lapidary experience to bring out each stone's unique characteristics, with just as much appreciation for the subtle patterns found in agates and jaspers as the striking colors of turquoise, chyrsocolla, and lapis. In contrast to these bold pieces, Nancy also makes delicate sterling silver and copper jewelry. She acid-etches her hand-drawn designs into simple, smooth shapes and accents them with smaller stones for more subtle jewelry defined by its purposeful texture and lines.
Currently living and creating in Flagstaff, AZ, Nancy continues to find inspiration on hikes and runs with her dog Layla through the forests in and around Flagstaff. She has a true appreciation for the myriad things that make this little corner of the world beautiful, from the way frost forms on ponderosa pine needles, to the rivers that have cut quiet canyons out of the earth, and that appreciation is front and center in her work.
To learn more about Nancy, read through her artist bio or come meet her at the First Friday ArtWalk on February 1st! She’ll be joining us at Arizona Handmade Gallery from 6:00-7:30pm, and we’ll have live music by Craig Yarbrough of the Grand Canyon Guitar Society, so stop by, say hello and enjoy chocolate on us at the first ArtWalk of the year!