The Metal Arts Guild (MAG) is an independent, non-profit, educational organization
of people who are skilled, interested, or share in the production and exhibition of metals.

Our Community

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Everyone is welcome to join: from the beginner to the master craftsperson, teachers and students, metal arts collectors and more. Each member is a vital part of making the Guild work for our community.

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We support the work of outstanding metal artists by organizing exhibitions, lectures, and workshops, awarding an annual MAG Community Project Grant, various student scholarships, and offering resources and opportunities for our members.

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MAG is a 501(c 3) non-profit, all-volunteer-led arts organization, and we rely on your generosity to help us provide metal related events, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and networking mixers to the membership and community.

Featured Member

Each month a new Featured Member is chosen from the completed member profiles on our website. Their interview and work is highlighted on our blog and social media. Visit our archive of past Featured Members.

July 2017

  • Lexi Daly
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Lexi Daly

Sebastopol, Ca
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Tell us a little about yourself.

Growing up, travel was very important to my parents, they wanted my sisters and me to see the world, learn its history, and experience the beauty of nature as much as possible. I remember always being so fascinated by little intricate objects I found in nature while camping and traveling; seed pods, tiny wildflowers, seashells, and butterfly wings. When I was five, my grandmother gave me a huge box of beads that I obsessed over, and my fascination with tiny objects slowly developed into a love of jewelry making. I fell in love with small glass beads called seed beads and spent much of my childhood teaching myself different traditional bead weaving techniques from cultures all over the world that use them. I found the intricate patterns of seed beads woven together with thread fascinating, like so many throughout history have.

My connection to nature and the way I was brought up instilled in me the importance of environmental consciousness, humanitarianism, and sustainability. While working towards a fine art degree I became aware of the huge negative effects the jewelry and fashion industry have on the environment and I considered not becoming a jeweler for those reasons. Then I realized I could be a voice of change, and my work could help others be a voice of change by wearing it. That is when I started working with objects I “save” from entering the landfill (AKA trash, old clothes, or disposable products). The jewelry I make today is a combination of bead weaving, disposable products, and recycled silver.

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