While working toward earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University, Emily Hendrie learned a variety of skills that prepared her for any artistic career she might choose. But, little did she know that a career would soon choose her.
Shortly after graduation, she was recruited in 2008 to work for Wendell August Forge as its first female craftsperson. But it’s when she began designing jewelry for the company that she found her true calling.
In June 2009, she began a line of “upcycled” jewelry using aluminum and bronze pieces that did not quite pass inspection because of small imperfections on the giftware. She eliminates the imperfections and creates jewelry using the rest.
“I’ll use pieces and not realize where they came from, but then I’ll see a piece a wood grain, for example, and I recognize it from a baby plate that we make,” she explains. “Depending on the size of the piece and the surface size of the design, I’ll turn it into a long necklace or earrings or a ring – I let the piece determine what type of jewelry it will ultimately be.”
During the summer of 2010, Emily is excited to share the new Wendell August jewelry collection. Designed completely by her, Emily describes the collection as “pieces that will appeal to any demographic and can be worn for any occasion.”
“It was important for us to create a jewelry line that will fit in perfectly with the style of Wendell August,” she says.
In her spare time, Emily enjoys watching movies, going out with her friends, traveling, drawing, and painting.