Emily Hartley was raised in Eureka Springs, AR and Key West, Fl, and now resides in Tulsa, OK with her husband and daughter.
Emily’s creative spark originated in her hometown of Eureka Springs, AR, where she grew up surrounded by creative people and natural beauty. Outdoorsy and adventurous, she discovered much inspiration in the rocky environment of the Ozark mountains. Splitting time between her home in AR and a home in Key West, FL, she also found inspiration in the lush tropical landscape of sand, sea, and coral.
In 2011, Emily began designing and handcrafting jewelry from her musician-husband’s used guitar strings. “I was fascinated with the texture and malleability of the strings, as well their symbolic value as a tangible representation of music,” she said. The strings became the backbone of a thoughtful marriage between industrial and natural elements, highlighting the contrast between the monochromatic strings and colorful, natural stone and glass.
Emily’s pieces are sold at various galleries and boutiques in Eureka Springs, Fayetteville Arkansas, and Tulsa Oklahoma under the name E-String Jewelry. Her work has also been selected for inclusion in several juried art festivals, including War Eagle Fair and Blue Dome Arts Festival and she was featured on Channel 2 KJRH news Tulsa.
“One of the things I love about making jewelry is studying the motion and movement of each piece, and imagining how it will move, swing and dance along with the wearer. It’s all about creating pieces that allow you to feel a meaningful connection to music.”