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JeLlyn Morvant

Mixed Media / Lafayette, Louisiana

Artist Statement

We are lovers, nurturers, gatherers, collectors and makers, inspired by nature + folklore. The colors, the beauty and the magic of nature's rhythms stirred with indigenous culture, history and the stories within folklore. Our work is a tribute to the magic and the stories, to the diversity and the richness each beholds. A balance of the simplest elements with the most intricate details driven by a love for primitive, age old treasures. An inspired reflection with our own unique aesthetic.

Biography

Two Cajun Country natives and makers with a deep passion to create with their hands. Joshua works with big timbers by day, he is a master craftsman with impeccable attention and dedication to detail. JeLlyn embraces a more free spirited approach. She studied Fashion Design in California before returning home to Louisiana to focus on being a mother. She juggles taking care of their three young children and her aging folks with creating in their humble studio. Their tools are simple and minimal which lends to their primitive aesthetic. Some of the tools Joshua has made himself, like metal stamps from old rusty railroad nails, or heavy metal pieces he finds along the roadside. They source most of the stones in their collection from families, artisans, passionate collectors and mine owners. Beautiful American turquoise pass through the most caring of hands to make its way to theirs' so they can create something lovely using ancient techniques in silversmithing and tufacast. They also appreciate the hunt and discovery for antique and vintage jewels that they use to recreate something authentically their own. They look forward to soon doing some of their own lapidary work and the creativity that will evolve with cutting their own stones.