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“I'm personally inspired by fashion, art history, sculpture and the 40 year old Margaret Ellis design archive, but each ME collection has its own inspiration,” says Mclaine Richardson, the designer behind Margaret Ellis jewelry.
“My love of art and design was fostered over thirteen years at University School of Nashville and at Furman University. It was while studying abroad at Lorenza deʼ Medici in Florence, Italy that I first discovered my interest in metalsmithing and jewelry design."
Mclaine joined Margaret Ellis Inc. as a production metalsmith and three years later purchased the business upon her mentor’s retirement. “Every ME design starts with flat sheets of metal and wire and is made completely by hand using traditional metalsmith techniques with no manufactured pieces and parts. This is becoming a rare art form.”
I am blessed to be a working artist. I honestly believe that my greatest extravagance is my ability to do what I love every day.
This is a hard question for me to answer with my art history background, especially when I consider both historical and current artists. Right now I am coveting work from Kristen Giorgi out of Atlanta and Emily Leonard who splits her time here in Nashville and New Mexico. I love how both of them deconstruct familiar forms to create these beautiful abstracts with pastel colors, specifically Kristen's nudes and Emily's flowers. Historically I am drawn to Impressionism, Modern Sculpture and Pop Art - artists such as Monet, Degas, Brancusi and Warhol always inspire me. In some ways their pieces are very similar to the contemporary artists that I admire the most. I am too much of a perfectionist to ever get away with creating deconstructed/simplified pieces which is why I believe I am drawn to this type of art.
If I couldn't work with metals, I would probably work as a graphic designer. I am the Creative Director of Nashville Fashion Week and l do freelance graphic work for friends and family for fun.