With a background in machining, structural welding and traditional goldsmithing, Julie Lake hand-fabricates her jewelry exclusively from a high tensile strength, small gauge stainless steel. The nature of this metal allows her to create deceptively strong, yet visually fragile and complex forms with very small diameter wires. Using an arc welding process at precise settings, she joins the metal, melting and fusing it together at the tiny joints. Although welding and stainless steel are typically considered industrial or utilitarian, she likens her process to sewing... stitching together threads of steel to create sculptural, wearable forms. As a minimalist, her focus remains strictly on the metal, responding to its physical capabilities and revealing its aesthetic attributes.