Emily Clementine Spykman grew up on the island of Martha's Vineyard, where her childhood was influenced by the woods and the water, and the life of an eclectic and creative community; then when she moved to New Hampshire as a teen she came to appreciate the mountains and greenery as much as she loved the ocean and salty breeze. She spent her time in these places making sense of the natural beauty that surrounded her; organizing leaves, tree bark, and precious found trinkets into curated collections and fairy houses. Emily studied jewelry making at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, where she uncovered her love of metalsmithing and embraced her passion for design. Always enchanted with life in miniature, metalwork immediately made sense to her as a micro version of the work her father has done as a fine woodworker. With the tools shrunk down and the scale minute, she turns raw materials into fine wearable art, drawing inspiration from botanical forms, ancient symbolism and studies of adornment and form in varied cultures and times.