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Spring Winders – Designer, Metalsmith and Owner of Heliotrope

February 13, 2023
Spring Winders - Designer, Metalsmith and Owner of Heliotrope

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.

You may also listen to the full-length podcast by clicking the link above! To listen to the mini episode, click below!


Spring Winders in her studio.
A spread of some of the bolo tie designs Heliotrope offers.
A handful of rings from various Heliotrope collections.
A variety of smaller Heliotrope designs, including animals and cactus themes.preset
Three pieces from Heliotrope’s Moth Collection release from 2022.
It’s official! University of Arizona designs, fully licensed, handcrafted locally by Heliotrope.

[All photos curtesy of the artist, Spring Winders]

craft,   design,   Heliotrope,   Leah Manak Jewelry,   metal smithing,   Sonoran Desert,  


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