Tara’s collection titled “Pop Roxx” includes some materials unlikely to be found in your jewelry box – such as reclaimed skateboards – transformed to gems.
“The PopRoxx Collection, comprised of recycled broken skateboards and had fabricated sterling silver components, celebrates the story of each skateboard and it’s rider. The one-of-a-kind street patina and colorful graphic qualities of the boards inspire my designs. I carve and shape each piece of broken board to create my faceted skateboard gems. these are my Rubies and diamonds: that together with my sterling silver designs honor the history of each skateboard and represent my idea of modern statement jewelry.” – Tara Locklear
Tara Locklear – Raleigh, NC
Tara Locklear works as a studio jewelry artist. She graduated from East Carolina University with a BFA in Metal Design. Material investigations coupled with perceived value surrounding wearable objects are driving forces in her work. Inspired by urban environments, her designs are comprised of industrial and re-purposed elements resulting in an interpretive visual dialog of interpretive costume jewelry. Her work has been shown in Costume Costume Part II an Invitational Opulent Project exhibition at Sienna Gallery in Boston, MA, an invitational Coincidence-Collision-Assembly 25 Year Anniversary Show at Thomas Mann I/O Gallery in New Orleans, LA and Ferrous, a Crafthaus and Velvet da Vinci juried exhibition at Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco, CA and 18kt Gallery in Toronto, Canada. She exhibited and was co-curator of Monochrome Noir at Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco, California and OFF THEWALL at The Gray Gallery in Greenville, NC. She has recently taught workshops at Brooklyn Metals Works in Brooklyn, NY, Pratt Institute in New York, NY and Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a recent 2013 SNAG Nominated American Craft Council Emerging Artist.