Born and raised in Oklahoma, Taylor is a Chickasaw/Seminole multidisciplinary artist with a focus on metal smithing. She creates one-of-a-kind jewelry utilizing various hand tools and genuine metals like sterling silver or bronze and quality gemstones, especially turquoise. Her adornments are a blend of inspiration from her Indigenous culture with intuition-based elements of design and the intention that each piece be durable for generations.
Her experience with this tactile art began when she was a student learning basic techniques in a University of Central Oklahoma course. A strong passion grew and many years later, Taylor continues to advance her skills through the determination of self-taught endeavors. She has sold her wearable art across the country through pop up events and an online Indigenous marketplace, From The People.
Her recent pursuit of instructing at Oklahoma Contemporary has been quite fulfilling as she has gained a better understanding of her teaching style and deeply enjoys facilitating creativity within others. Taylor has organized her knowledge of this complex art form into a simplified course that provides the student with the confidence to forge their own designs. Taylor will teach you how to navigate both precision and improvisation which are important aspects of learning how to stamp, texture, saw, file, solder and finish metals
Take Intro to Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing with Taylor Martin this winter.