Laurie Van Mondfrans
Artisan jewelry is designed and metalsmithed by Laurie Van Mondfrans. She was born in Idaho and grew up working on the family farm. Art has always been centered in her life, drawn to color and design, drawing and painting. She has a BFA in Commercial Art with an emphasis in Illustration from Utah State University. Fashion Illustration and Graphic Design were her strengths. Graphic Design gave her a pathway to find work and using illustrations where it was applicable. She was a Graphic Designer and Art Director for several design studios and advertising agencies in Salt Lake City. Her illustration and graphic design work won multiple collegiate and professional awards. After decades of spending time in front of a monitor, she wanted to get away from the computer and work more with her hands. Laurie developed metalsmithing skills and is inspired by Mother Nature's creations. Utilizing cast botanicals, intriguing semi-precious cabochons and flowing tapers of sterling silver, designs are fabricated into one of a kind pieces of artisan jewelry. Laurie has lived in Saint Louis since 2008.