My grandfather came to this country from Turkey. He brought with him Turkish folktales and his love of music. In the summer of 1990, I decided to put to paper all of his Turkish stories, which sent me on a journey to research my family history. After my grandfathers death, I interviewed my grandmother to find out her story. At 17, she met my grandfather and they crossed the state border to get married, since she was too young to marry in the State of New York. During my interview, she went to the closet and took out a pink department store box full of heirloom photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, menus and programs that documented their life together. Though I didn’t know the name for it at the time that is when my fascination with Ephemera began. All of these photographs and clippings told a story — a love story — of my grandparents.

Inspired by my grandmother,  my found art jewelry collection, which I call The Ephemera Collection, celebrates the past by taking everyday items often taken for granted and reinventing them into a piece of wearable art for a modern age.

This blog explores my creative process from where I work to what inspires me as an artist and the journey that takes me from found object to a one-of-a-kind piece of found art jewelry.



  1. Hazel Patterson said,

    I stumbled upon your site looking for inspiration from Alphonse Mucha, much to my delight! I have truly enjoyed perusing through your fantastic blog! Your creativity is more than inspiring it is breathtaking and has truly tickled my imagination. I simply wanted to wish you much success. I have added your site to my favorites.


    • onlylauren said,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope to see you online again soon!


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