Kohler artist finds purpose and joy in fashioning unusual rocks and gems into heirlooms

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Since the age of fifteen, Kohler resident Shayna Jingst has been working extensively with precious metal and stones, as well as intricate bead-weaving. Her seventeen years as an artist and designer included formal training at UWM Peck School of the Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry & Metalsmithing. Now she can be found working in her studio at Jake’s Cafe in Sheboygan with her “studio manager” – two year-old son, Truman. “I wanted Truman to get used to being at work with me right from the start, as part of my plan for making him a well-rounded person,” Shayna said.

Shayna explained that her process begins with a sketch, story, or hunt for an unusual rock or gem. “Challenges presented in capturing a stone in precious metal, while honoring its natural beauty, provide opportunity for subtle design nuances and a creative marriage of surface and form. I find purpose and joy in continuing the tradition of hand making, especially when it culminates in a bespoke object telling the personal story of a customer in the language of my aesthetic and signature style. To know that I’m creating heirlooms that will be treasured and shared among family is an incredible honor.”

Beadwork by Shayna has been published in books and magazines, and she has taught several workshops at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee and for the Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee. Her precise fabrication and formal structuring of traditional metalsmithing blend seamlessly with creative expression and free-flowing ornamentation of intricately stitched beadwork, culminating in contemporary, one of a kind, wearable art.

Shayna said that at Jake’s Cafe, which is a creative co-working community in Sheboygan, her son’s exposure to different types of people and scenarios allow him to learn flexibility and appropriate social behavior. “I want Truman to understand that work is a part of life, and it can be fun. I think it’s important for him to see me working, realizing this is how I help provide for our family. My husband Nate is very supportive and aids my creative endeavor with his business skills and experience,” Shayna said.

“One of the things I love about Kohler is that you need only look down the street to find a talented and creative individual,” Shayna said. One of her creative Kohler neighbors, Jess Childs, owner of Food for Gatherings, will be preparing beautiful and delectable hors d’oeuvres for the reception of Shayna’s upcoming show on Friday, May 18, from 4-6:00 p.m. at Jake’s Cafe.

Shayna Jewelry Show:
Retail hours:
Friday, May 18th Noon-6pm
Saturday, May 19th 10am-4pm

Visit Shayna’s website at shaynaillingworth.com, or Instagram, @shaynajewelry.

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