Shelly Voorhees, we love you!

We like to take a minute every so often and celebrate our students who have blossomed into super talented & inspiring artists.  This time around, it’s the lovely SHELLY VOORHEES. We love her ability to capture what looks like metal in motion, and make it wearable! Three years into her career as a jewelry, she’s running her own business & selling her lovely wares around Brooklyn. Shelly let us pick her brain for a minute so we could share a little about her process and where she’s coming from – we hope you enjoy it!


Did you always know you’d be a jewelry designer, or was there something else first?

I have a fine arts background with a particular interest in sculpture which naturally led into jewelry making. I quite like the idea of wearable art.

What inspires you when designing your work?

My designs are exploration of metal manipulations. I like the unexpected formations that naturally occur when working with metals at high heat.

Describe your work in three words:

Form, texture, simplicity

What classes have you taken at Liloveve?                                                                              

Intro to Wax Carving

What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made? 

One of my favorites is the forge pearl necklace. The pearls are naturally round and smooth adjacent to the heavily forged metal spears. Together they create a unique juxtaposition.


How do you feel you’ve developed or grown over the course of your career so far?

Always learning.

What advice would you give a beginner to either jewelry or to launching their own business?

Learn the fundamentals. It’s was helpful for me to apprentice under another designer to get a grasp on what it takes to run business in jewelry making.

Where can we see and buy your work? 

Directly through and a few shops in Brooklyn.

If you could collaborate with any other artist, who would it be and why?

Kiki Smith. Such depth to her work.

Kiki Smith - MoMa

What’s your favorite place in NYC & why?

Elizabeth Street Gallery is one of my favorite places in the city. They showcase beautiful antiques with exquisite craftsmanship from around the world.

What do you listen to while you work We’re always curious!

The XX, Gorillaz, Future Islands…

If you could leave right now & travel anywhere – where would you go? 


We’re with you – enough of this snow! 


(Kiki Smith image from, all other images courtesy of Shelly Voorhees)

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