Art Mortem – Jewelry made from real, ethically-sourced animal bones!
Death is not the opposite of life, but part of it.
This is why I believe in respecting death. Honoring it.
Here at Art Mortem, you will find beautiful, unique jewelry made with the gifts that death leaves us. EVERYTHING is cruelty-free and all animal parts are ethically sourced. NEVER EVER are animals killed for the purposes of making my products. I believe in taking care of this Earth and the animals on it.
A little about me- I am from California, and I am a female, autistic artist. I enjoy crafting bone jewelry as it is a unique avenue of creative expression. I love the idea of giving an animal a sort of “second life.” It’s a memorial of sorts; a way for the animal to live on and be remembered.
My story- Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been fascinated by nature. Pursuing this passion, I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in Animal Science. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances would turn my world upside down. In 2014, I was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. It took many years before I reached remission.
During these challenging times, I did what I could to pursue my passions. I authored entomological articles in Invertebrates Magazine. I delved into wildlife photography- my father would push me in my wheelchair through nature reserves while I snapped photographs of the wildlife.
Through the years, I struggled with severe depression. I’ve always been an artist, but I had stopped making art. My depression took over my life and cut off my creative outlets.
One day, I posted a picture of some bones from my collection and a Facebook friend commented that they would like earrings made from bones. I had never made jewelry before, but my mother had some supplies. I created a simple pair of bone earrings. I felt a rush of joy- a little bit of that creative spark that I hadn’t felt in a long time.
As the days passed, I made more jewelry. I started selling my jewelry, and came up with a name for my online jewelry shop. Thus, Art Mortem was born.
So here we are today. I’m proud of what Art Mortem has become. It’s more than a hobby to me, it’s an outlet, a passion, and a source of happiness.
You can find us:
on the web at Art Mortem