Only Lauren

Lauren Van Hemert of Only Lauren creates found art jewelry that celebrates the past by taking everyday items often taken for granted and reinventing them into a piece of wearable art for a modern age. Lauren takes old labels, postage stamps, advertisements, posters, and photographs, transfers them to clay, and forms them into beads. The hand-formed image transfer beads are then woven and twined together with crystals, vintage glass beads, Czech glass beads, and found objects to form one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets. Lauren’s fascination with the past began over ten years ago with her grandmother. “I was interviewing my grandmother about our family tree,” she says. “During my interview, she went to the closet and took out a pink department store box full of heirloom photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, menus and programs that documented their life together. Though I didn't know the name for it at the time that is when my fascination with Ephemera began. All of these photographs and clippings told a story – a love story – of my grandparents.” Lauren's jewelry ranges in price from $45 to $800 and can be found on her main website.

*GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats to FENNOfashion: Enter to win a pair of lightweight luggage label transfer earrings (pictured). Simply visit Only Lauren and leave a comment on this post noting your favorite design. Giveaway ends at Midnight EST, Monday, November 2.

19 comments:

JBird's Garden said...

First let me say that I absolutely LOVE the website! How clever.

I think my favorite piece (hard to choose) is the Script Necklace. Wish I could have thought to be that creative with MY old wedding certificate. :)

Janice said...

It's all so unique. I love the Seven Strand Luggage Label Bracelet.

marybelle said...

I just adore the Three Strand Bracelet.

marypres@gmail.com

Bebemiqui said...

I love Turkey (been there 4 times) and love that the inspiration came from her family.
I like the Beaded Hoops earrings.
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

Suzy said...

Oh my!!! Must I choose only 1 design?? I really love them all -so beatiful and unique! The Asian Influence necklace really caught my eye. Wow! If I won the lottery you can bet I'd be over to Lauren's site like a shot!!!

daer0n said...

I love the Much Ado About Mucha necklace, so gorgeous!!

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Laura Stewart said...

love the Cigar Labels necklace!

Caroline said...

I love the Beaded with Keys earrings--though actually everything is fantastic!

BananaSaurusRex said...

I love that Love Letter Bracelet! Beautiful!

sibabe64 said...

I like the Peter Pan Heart necklace

VG Marcel said...

I went to Paris on my honeymoon and the Eiffel Tower ear rings are right on.
V G Marcel
cudjojo at gmail.com

jude said...

Trapeziste---I LOVE it! Everything in your catalog has a romantic quality to it---the Peter Pan collection is great, too. Also, I love everything with the keys....unique and beautiful creations!!!

austindog32820 said...

Just want to leave you with a few words on your wonderful site and Stuff you make.I love crafting thing,coming up with different ideas and I think you have mastered this just fine! I love the Earnings you are giving away the most.But I need a necklace to go with it when I win!lol Could you help me out with that?lol Well you have a great Nov.G.Tischer

Anonymous said...

Im not sure where to post this i tried the blog but it wouldnt let me !So here goes,Im not sure where to begin I like all the stuff you make.The ones you are giving away it one of my Favs,even if you werent giving it away! Thank you and Have a great Nov.G.Tischer

austin_tischer at msn.com

Anonymous said...

I loved the website. The story of her grandparents brought tears to my eyes. My grandparents were very influential to me and I can tell that she was blessed with a wonderful relationship with hers. Her work is beautiful. The enameled bracelet really captured my attention, but I loved it all.

jbrooker@westal.net

FENNOfashion said...

I love the Script necklace. I think it is SUCH a clever idea. I also think the earrings for the giveaway are wonderful!

Megan at FENNOfashion dot com

Khutch said...

I love the Love Letter jewellry, but I also love the Pen Pan jewellry as well, I'm torn!!! Your work is absolutely beatiful, keep up the great work!!!

Kelly
gigglersx3@hotmail.com

Suzy said...

I just realised I didn't leave my e-mail address! Sorry! mine was comment #5 (not trying to get an extra entry). It's suzytownend@hotmail.com

Rebecca said...

I really love the beaded earrings with keys. I have always had a thing for vintage keys and keys in jewelery. Really beautiful work! My email is ccgirl1243@yahoo.com