Lola Brooks is an artist, metalsmith, clotheshorse and sometimes writer who studied Fashion at Pratt Institute and received her BFA in Metals at SUNY New Paltz. Her work is influenced by the Victorian obsession with death and sentimentality, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the American Studio Jewelry movement that followed WWII, when artists resurrected an appreciation of the handmade by rejecting the principles of mass production. She finds inspiration in her never-ending quest for strange and beautiful materials, particularly diamonds, and her love of making things by hand. Each piece of jewelry is fabricated or carved in wax and cast. Stones may be hand-cut. This approach keeps production limited and each item unique. She believes there is a certain kind of power to be found in objects that are cultivated in exactly this way.
Lola’s work has been included in many publications and can be found in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.