Tara Locklear graduated from East Carolina University attaining her 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.
“The conversation of object-oriented ideals and perceived preciousness is the foundation of my work. My style is a derivative of iconic, mid century costume jewelry, and lowbrow cultural phenomena.
I am drawn to sustainable, industrial components, reclaimed objects, and materials that require multiple processes. The research, exploration, and formation of these materials are at the very core of my practice. Interpretation, evolution, and the re-invention of adornment are critical concepts to my creations.
Collectively, costume jewelry is redefined through my contemporary vernacular.”