Valerie was first introduced to the art and craft of jewelry making when she took an elective class in college for fun. It wasn't until a few years in 2007 later that she decided to pursue her love of design and start her own business.
She is been primarily self-taught, spending hours in
research reading, exploring and experimenting with metal to develop her techniques
to the point at which they are today.
Valerie Tyler jewelry gives a slight nod to nature combined with a bit of an industrial edge. A few techniques used in creation include fold-forming, forging, riveting, chasing, stamping and oxidation to achieve a rustic, more organic style. Valerie especially loves distressed metal! Pieces are often textured or slightly sculptural. Uniquely, everything is created by hand using absolutely no power tools whatsoever, from initial drilling and sawing right down to the finishing and buffing. Materials are primarily sterling silver or brass, with gemstone and gold accents.
her jewelry often has several style themes, there is a common thread in
her work though that is a combination of geometric forms, natural and industrial influences.
Cain Park Arts Festival Judges Selection Award, 2013