MEET LAUREN MOLLICA
The work I create reflects my love of drawing, lines and shapes, pattern and texture and the play between positive and negative space. There is nothing I enjoy more than time spent drawing, experimenting with materials and finishes and making with my hands. Woodworking is the lens through which I view the world around me, anything can be a source for inspiration, and my workshop is my personal sanctuary.
THE ART OF JEWELRY ORGANIZATION
In 1990, in a 7th grade wood shop class, I fell in love with the scroll saw. In that class, I invented my first wall mounted jewelry display for my mother as a gift for her birthday to showcase the beautiful jewelry she had collected over the years.
A decade later, after college, I started a career in the hedge fund industry, but began to feel a pull toward more creative endeavors and it wasn’t long before I assembled a basement workshop and opened up an Etsy shop to start selling my designs on the side, something I continue to do while raising my two sons.
The first thing I ever made on a scroll saw in my 7th grade woodshop class was this elephant box stand. I keep this old project in my work shop to remind me of the spark that ignited my love of woodworking in 1990.
This photo shows the first jewelry display I made on a scroll saw in my 7th grade woodshop class. Although it was more function over form, my mom used it for almost 20 years!