Heather Lindsey Stewart
Heather grew up in Wilson, North Carolina discovering the sparkling delights contained in her mother’s jewelry box. Aspiring to create her own self adornment, Heather studied at East Carolina University receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in jewelry design in 1997. After college, Heather moved further south to enjoy the moss covered trees in Savannah, GA. where she has been an established local jewelry designer for over 15 years in the downtown area. After the birth of her first daughter, she transformed her Barnard Street gallery into an artists’ cooperative in May 2007. In the new gallery named Kobo, Heather still works on site and showcases her work along with 13 other talented artists. Heather’s creative style combines contemporary designs with natural elements. Her work in silver merges motifs of plum tree branches with clean lines and geometric shapes. Her medium includes sterling silver, semi precious stones and enamel. Heather’s work has been featured in National Geographic Traveler, Deep Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Elegant Bride and the Savannah Magazine.
Turning ideas into tactile pieces has always been a passion of mine, especially ideas of adornment. A lot of the influence in my work stems from my love of the Japanese culture. I enjoy the way the artists combine aspects of nature with clean architectural design. I use similar philosophy in my work. Using a handsaw, I can bring forth a delicate image like a cherry blossom or a plum tree branch and watch it transform the rigid sheet of metal. When I design each piece I want it to encompass a timeless meaning as well as a fashion forward presence. The motifs in my work range from trees and branches to ideas or concepts of motherhood and strength. Using influences from another culture as a base from where I start to design, my work radiates tranquility and craftsmanship.