My designs are a composite of my observations and experiences; the world I see and feel around me - from Incan to industrial architecture, arch bridges, art deco motifs, and weathered colonial facades. I like old things, as age conveys a sense of character and quality that withstands the test of time, like a rich patina on metal or wood.
I am equally inspired by the natural world. Spending time in nature opens up space for creative contemplation and an often needed recharge. Design concepts tend to surface during a quiet walk in the woods. There is a rustic quality present in my work that comes from my love of the outdoors.
The dualities of urban and rural life are reflected throughout the line by juxtaposing materials: old and new, hard and soft, dark and light, metallic and organic.
With an experimental and sometimes unconventional approach to processes, I strive to produce pieces with a dynamic expressiveness, as original and distinct as the wearers themselves.
Rebecca Lockhart was born in Denver, CO in 1977, where she lived, studied, and worked until 2006, at which point she left her cubicle to backpack through Central America for six months. This was a transformative experience for Rebecca. She returned with a serious case of wanderlust and a desire to live a more free-spirited and creative life.
For the next 7 years, Rebecca pursued a career in education. She spent a year teaching English in Vietnam and traveled throughout Southeast Asia before landing in Brooklyn where she worked for the NYC Department of Education as a teacher of English Language Learners.
The need to find an alternative outlet for her creative impulses is what drove Rebecca into the world of jewelry design; the desire to make something with her hands. After picking up a set of chain nose pliers and making her first pair of earrings on a whim, she was hooked.
Though teaching was gratifying work, Rebecca decided to change course in 2013 and turn her passion for jewelry making into a full-time business. She established Lockhart Wrks and started selling her first collection at the Brooklyn Flea and other venues around the city. Her designs fuse a refined industrial aesthetic with global sensibilities, inspired by the energy and scale of the city and her time spent abroad in Latin America. Rebecca’s work has evolved through her experience as a self-taught artist, along with training in silversmithing and wax carving in Brooklyn, Italy and Mexico.
Today she lives and creates in Western Mass where she is constantly inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds her.