Tara Locklear received her BFA from East Carolina University. Inspired by urban environments, her designs are comprised of industrial and re-purposed elements resulting in an interpretive visual dialog of jewelry. Her curatorial projects include Monochrome Noir at Velvet da Vinci, California and 50/50 Equal Parts at The Gray Gallery, North Carolina. She has taught several workshops and given lectures on her process around the United States including Pratt Design School NYC and Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh. Her work is in several private collections including the Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin. Tara’s work can be found online and in many galleries including Velvet da Vinci, California, J.Cotter Galleries, Colorado and Mora Collection, North Carolina. She also shows work in craft shows including Bijoux! at the Norton Museum of Art, Florida and The American Craft Council Shows. She has been published and exhibited across the United States and Canada. Tara is a recent 2014 Society for Contemporary Craft Lydon Emerging Artist Program Finalist.
Tara currently resides in Raleigh, NC where she works as a studio jewelry artist.
"The conversation of object-oriented ideals and perceived preciousness is the foundation of my work. My style is a derivative of iconic, mid century costume jewelry, and lowbrow cultural phenomena.
I am drawn to sustainable, industrial components, reclaimed objects, and materials that require multiple processes. The research, exploration, and formation of these materials are at the very core of my practice. Interpretation, evolution, and the re-invention of adornment are critical concepts to my creations.
Collectively, costume jewelry is redefined through my contemporary vernacular."
- Tara Locklear