Heidi was born in Enid, Oklahoma. She received her Associates Degree, with a focus on photography, metal smithing and videography from the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; received a BA in Studio Art at Beloit College; and earned an MFA at University of Illinois. Heidi’s designs are inspired by language, history, texture, kinetics, beauty and nature. “These ideas guide me in creating jewelry that I hope is entirely unique.”

“Conceptualizing and creating artwork connects me to many things in the past. It is a connection to ancestors, self-identity, beauty and simplicity. Metal is an excellent conductor and I feel that this extends to conducting ideas through its markings and scans a graphic record of history.”


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