Lexi Erickson Designs began in 1988. While studying for an advanced degree in archaeology, Lexi wanted to learn about bronze, and how the Age of Bronze emerged from the Stone Age. “Metals fascinated me," she says, “and while we found beads and jewelry objects in excavation sites, the only jewelry I really knew about was 'jewelry store jewelry.' That didn’t interest me a bit.” At the persistent insistence of a friend, she took a university level jewelry course to learn about bronze. The rest is history. Lexi earned a Masters Degree in Jewelry Design and Fabrication, and fell in love with making her own unique style of jewelry; not the high polished gold and diamonds found in the mall jewelry stores, but earthy, natural and organic looking pieces. By using distinctive, museum-quality cabochons, unusual shapes, and distressing her work, her pieces look like they came from another culture and were dug up yesterday. These one-of-a-kind pieces have given Lexi Erickson’s jewelry the instantly recognizable features of adventure and travel to ancient, exotic cultures.
This love affair has continued, and now that she has “retired” from teaching college archaeology, anthropology and jewelry, Lexi has turned to full-time jewelry making and world travel. As a Contributing Editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and Jewelry Making Daily, Lexi writes numerous articles on techniques and tools. “I am blessed in the fact that I get to continue my love of teaching through writing numerous step-by-step articles, and with the fifteen DVDs I’ve made for Interweave Press, and also featured articles on tools or my travels, I enjoy every minute of it. I think my basic book on soldering, (Making Soldered Jewelry and How To Solder Jewelry) has had 6 or 7 reprints. That's a real thrill. ” As an award-winning jewelry artist and multiple cover artist for Lapidary Journal (“Oh, 15-16...I don't count any more but its still a huge thrill and a tremendous honor to see my piece on a cover.), Lexi has taught workshops all over the world and students enjoy her wit and relaxed, professional teaching style. Students are instantly put at ease while learning the exacting, and some times frustrating jewelry making techniques. ('"Well, once or twice chocolate and tissues have been involved," she laughs.) As many students have experienced, “Lexi makes it so easy and explains why things work. That helps me understand techniques so much better,” they exclaim.
Loving the mountains which spring up outside of her hometown, she says “I am inspired by the geology, colors and light of the Rocky Mountains in which I live. Yet, I cannot help but feel the pull of my ancestors from the West Country of the UK and Denmark. Their design influences are so extremely strong that I cannot deny them. Combine this with the mysticism of long forgotten civilizations where I have studied, taught and worked as an archaeologist, and the spirituality and cultures of the Ancient Ones... well this is the sketchbook in my brain." Mix this alltogether and you find a unique style of jewelry not usually found in today’s market. “From the open-air markets of Cairo to the beaches of Easter Island, I personally select each stone, traveling throughout the world to find exotic and unusual accents, that perfect color, that exact shape needed.” And that’s what makes Lexi Erickson’s jewelry so distinctive and remarkable.
Lexi speaks about her work: "I use only the finest materials and the best stones.Each piece is hand finished, using the ancient techniques. Little or no electricity is used during the entire process. Because of this, every piece is a one-of-a-kind treasure. I make each piece myself, therefore my yearly output is less than 100 pieces, all designed, made, and hand-finished by me. Jewelry is a very spiritual process for me.” Each piece is stamped and numbered, to become a collector’s item to be cherished for many generations to come.
I hope your choice of Lexi Erickson jewelry will give you eons of enjoyment and continue to delight your eyes. Become a collector.
“I am inspired by the geology and geomorphology of the American Southwest, but also by my ancestral homes in Europe. And there is such diversity between the two. The lushness of Scotland, Wales, the West Country, the textures of the standing stones and the colors juxtapostitioned against the patinas and art on the canyon walls of the Rio Grande in the Southwestern US fascinates me. My design exercises are my hikes into the forests deep, along the craggy trails with their mosses, rounded river stones, and delicate flowers, looking for and recording varying textures, colors, and The Spirit of Place. This then emerges in metal and stone as a piece of my soul. “I’m designing the kind of pieces that I love to wear. They are earthy, bold, romantic...and full of dreams. My pieces are usually conversation starters. If others love what I find beautiful, and choices I’ve designed, and get that same feeling from my work, and wish to purchase it, then that’s delightful. However, I feel that to make a piece only for an economic reward at the end ruins both the spirituality of the piece and the joy I have in creating it. My reward comes from the joy of watching something I create come to life in front of my eyes.”