What inspires an artist? For Amy Greely, jewelry-maker and owner of Amy Greely Studio, she says nature is her main inspiration in her work. Greely takes her love for nature and creates simple, modern designs with a splash of playfulness. She creates her jewelry handmade from sterling silver, 18k gold, bi-metal, and cooper. Embellishing her work with precious stones and pearls helps create a fun contrast. Greely draws from her inspirations such architecture, ancient civilization, and nature.
Amy Greely studied sculpture at Indianapolis’s IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design and metalsmithing at Indiana University. Currently Greely owns Amy Greely Studio located in Nashville, Indiana in the heart of Brown County. In the historic art colony of Nashville, Greely has been able to create work that combines both her love for nature and her love for jewelry. For this reason Amy Greely is part of the prestigious Indiana Artisan program. Her Mon Amie line uses natural resources from Indiana to help create an affordable and lightweight line of jewelry that appeals to all age ranges. By combining patterns and textures Greely has created jewelry for every occasion. She has both the Mon Amie line and upscale pieces that showcase embellishments and contrast.
What drew me to Greely’s work was the versatility of her pieces. I could see myself wearing her line as well as my mother, and that’s saying something! I wear jewelry every day and though some days I am looking for a standout pieces, other days I want simple jewelry that will easily compliment my day-to-day wardrobe. Greely’s Mon Amie line has beautiful pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down depending upon the occasion. Through her immaculate attention to detail you can see her love of nature woven throughout the pieces.
Having little to no artistic talent of my own I can appreciate the simplicity and beauty of Greely’s work. When I think to myself, what inspires me it poses a difficult question. What do I do that makes me the happiest? Whether you know or are still trying to figure it out, do what makes you happy and draw from your inspirations. The best work comes out of love.
Amy’s work is available in her studio in downtown Nashville, IN and in multiple Indianapolis retail locations. For more information about AmyGreely.com.
Amy Greely is a juried member of Indiana Artisan – the official organization to review, recognize and promote the work of Indiana’s highest-quality art and food artisans. Find out more about Tom by visiting her bio page on IndianaArtisan.org or by visiting AmyGreely.com.