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The Magpie’s Treasure Jen Weddle crafts wonderous jewelry out of found objects and mystical imagination.

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t the tender age of twelve, Jen Weddle began making jewelry birds, curious but shy and secretive. In the presence of danger they’ve been out of solder wire and found objects, selling her humble known to mimic other birds, and can even be taught to repeat some hucreations to family members, friends and a few stores at man words.” the Town & Country Mall in her hometown of Houston, Texas. Birdlike, shy, and somewhat secretive herself, Weddle’s slight She would later attend Texas Tech University, where she began her frame and wide set eyes belie the drive and ambition so apparent studies in Studio Art and Apparel Design but soon switched to once she starts to discuss her work. Her mystical bent aside, this is a Metalsmithing. woman determined to make a success out of her craft. Weddle’s early conceptual work was focused on the unusual Following her time at Texas Tech, Weddle, and her best friend habits of magpies and the odd items to which they are attracted; Jamie Garrison, moved to Austin, Texas, then to San Marcos while conmore specifically, their curious fascination with shiny tinuing to perfect her craftsmanship and build up an By Lynne Robinson inventory of her uniquely imagined jewelry. Eventually objects and their incorporation of found objects in the creation of their homes. she returned to Houston where she rented a combina“I feel like a magpie,” Weddle says. “I find the way in which they go tion studio space and storefront. Here she was able to showcase her about building their nests to be very intriguing. They are really intelligent jewelry, and in the process establish an all-important client base. TAOS MAGAZINE

November/December 2014

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Jen Weddle "The Magpie's Treasure" by Lynne Robinson  

Weddle’s early conceptual work was focused on the unusual habits of magpies and the odd items to which they are attracted; more specifically...

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