Life by DesignPublished 6:46am Thursday, May 9, 2013
As a kid, Cheryl had always worked with her hands, and like many teenage girls, loved to wear jewelry. At age 14, she began bending wire and creating her own designs. It wasn’t long before she started selling her jewelry in her high school commons in Fargo, ND.
Working with friends, she gained experience creating new pieces using a small torch in her work. At 18, her father bought Cheryl her first torch, and the flame still burns strong today, over 30 years later. Cheryl knew she would create her life as an artist. Driven by her artistic aspirations, she finished high school one year early, moved to Vergas, Minn. and began her career.
After several years of working odd jobs in addition to designing and selling jewelry, Cheryl chose to embrace the freedom of being self-employed, and quit her job to focus on her business full time.
Inspired by her travels, and her love for animals, Cheryl has used a variety of genres through the years including art deco style, Asian symbols painted on clothing, and petroglyphs seen while climbing mountains in Arizona. One of her fun and memorable pieces was a pin depicting a dog watching a cat on a television. She has also created production work including pins for the Minnesota Film Board, the Childs Play Theater in Minneapolis, the John Ryan Company and the Ronald McDonald House.
Cheryl has a deep appreciation for her work that is difficult to put into words. When a design turns out the way she envisioned it, from working with the metal to polishing and setting the stone, she says she cannot explain the sense of accomplishment that occurs from beginning to finishing a piece.
When asked about the greatest inspiration for a particular piece, Cheryl does not hesitate in sharing the angel she created after her father died. The small angel is holding a jewel above her head, symbolizing the strength and ability to “carry your weight”, whatever that weight may be.
If your summer wardrobe needs some inspiration, stop by Cheryl Lynn’s boutique in Vergas. She opens for the season on Saturday, May 11th.
For more information and to see her new spring collection, go to www.cherylynn.com and you can follow her on Facebook.
by Kathy Lehn