The Essex County Artist Fund is Essex County Community Foundation’s response to the immediate and everyday needs of artists to be supported and lifted up across the county and across sectors. At ECCF, our philosophy is to build a creative ecosystem focused on awareness and appreciation for arts and culture, capacity building, collaboration, and cultural planning. Individual artists and arts/culture organizations are key to this network. www.eccf.org/creative-county.
Artist Name: Chloe Leigh – Rockport
Learn more: https://chloeleighdesigns.com
Creative Practice: After graduating with my BFA in 2017, I established Chloe Leigh Designs, a silversmith jewelry business in Gloucester, MA. Each piece I create is individually handcrafted and thoughtfully designed using silver, gold, and gemstones. As a new small business, I have been working very hard to pursue my career, yet with these challenging times have made it difficult.
Artist Statement: My jewelry business is environmentally conscious and the materials are sustainably sourced. At Chloe Leigh Designs, I do not use any toxic chemicals, traditionally used in the jewelry industry, that are harmful to the environment or to our bodies. I want my clients to know that they are buying, not only a beautiful, handcrafted piece of jewelry; but a piece that is created with environmentally safe and socially responsible methods.
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