In this episode, we hear from Spring Winders, Designer, Metalsmith, and Owner of Heliotrope, which is known for creating wearable sculptures, and cast designs primarily depicting animals and plants of the Sonoran Desert. We learn of Spring’s journey as a creative and how growing up in an artist home in rural northern Arizona influenced her creative trajectory. We learn of Spring’s love for the Arizona desert, her strong connection to place, and how she partners with local conservation organizations, contributing to the preservation of the animals depicted in her fashion sculptures. She leaves us with advice for creatives considering metalsmithing as a practice and her hopes for the individuals who purchase her work.
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[All photos curtesy of the artist, Spring Winders]