Adornment has played a long and powerful role in human history. It is transformative and symbolic, representative of value, status or individuality. For Lisette Fee, creator of Eilisain Jewelry, this sense of adornment holds true for her jewelry — it can make its wearer feel powerful, beautiful or peaceful, and it holds a meaning for them that only she can know. Moreover? Eilisain Jewelry is dark and visceral, and seems to embody a mysterious feminine power that is as old as the history of adornment itself.
The daughter of an army officer, Fee traveled the world as a child — from Japan to Uruguay to Panama — and the local cultures of the places she has lived have always inspired her artwork. When she was ten, she began making clay jewelry with her mother. In line with her invaluable exposure to a variety of cultures as a child, she later majored in anthropology at the University of Florida, and afterward began to make more complicated jewelry. In 2009, she attended East Carolina University, where she graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, specializing in metalsmithing. She achieved her dream of becoming a professional jewelry maker when she founded Eilisain Jewelry in 2012.
With Eilisain, Fee creates stunning and ethereal pieces characterized by angular, geometric shapes and expertly crafted detail. Inspired by the strength and power of animals, Fee uses the ancient art of wax casting to craft jewelry that embodies the bond between humans and animals. Tiny metal bones, spinal cords, bird claws and dark gems are reminiscent of ancient religions and animal totems. Her pieces speak to the mysterious grasp that jewelry has on us – “Adornment,” she tells us, “is a connection to our ancestors through the past, the future and the present.”