Metalsmithing is no easy feat. There’s an incredible amount of work that goes into it: designing, carving, casting, and stone setting — it’s a true art form that often goes overlooked. Somehow Meg Girard has not only mastered her craft, but has successfully made the jump from small business owner to bonafide #girlboss.
Drawing inspiration from the American Southwest, Girard’s jewelry borrows imagery like Thunderbirds from classic Native American designs and employs the use of gem-centric stones like opal, turquoise, and onyx. With a preference for stamping, Girard works predominantly in silver, a softer metal that’s easily manipulated. We recently spoke with Girard about what inspires her, how she came into metalsmithing, and her new fall line.
A lot of your pieces draw inspiration from the Southwest and Native American Jewelry. What about that region and culture inspires you?
Some people aren't familiar with the whole process of creating a piece of jewelry. Can you walk us through your creative process?
What can you tell us about your new fall line?
Spanning ten sold-out collections, and an eleventh due out later this winter, Girard has made quite a name for herself, amassing nearly 49K followers on Instagram. With this level of success, it’s hard to believe that it all stemmed from an introductory level metalsmithing class five years ago. Girard is proof that with hard work and a whole lot of talent, you actually can make a living doing something you love.