Lynne Merchant Jewelry is an amazing shop, museum, memoir, and experience. Not so surprising after one meets Lynne Merchant, because Lynne Merchant is simply stunning. A southern California Native, Lynne has been making handmade jewelry since she was young. In high school, she dyed her own cantaloupe seeds then strung them together to make unique beaded necklaces. Continuing her artistic craft, she went on to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. There she worked as a book binder. One day, she bound a book about Alexander Calder. In it, he spoke about the beauty of a line, the ability of a never ending line of movement to create form through pure simplicity, thought, and autonomous hand. After graduating, Lynne traveled for a decade throughout the world. Keeping detailed journals, she shared and learned from the tinkerer's and makers of the Silk Road, picking up objects and techniques of cold joinery and wire bending. Inspired by the tribal jewelry that surrounded her, the techniques she was learning, and Calder's belief, Lynne became a pioneer in creative wire bending techniques. To this day, her shop remains one part cabinet of curiosity, one part memoir of her travels, one part student workshop, and one part hang out for a rotating cast of always interesting visitors and shoppers. You can still find Lynne working with her 7" hammer, 3" anvil, file, and pliers, creating pieces of imaginative personal gestures.
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