Lori Meehan, the metalsmith and designer behind LMM Design, creates handcrafted, artisanal jewelry using modern and ancient techniques. She grew up in rural western New York State and went to college in Rochester, NY and London, England where she studied marketing. While working in the hectic television industry in NYC and looking for a creative release, she discovered the art of creating jewelry.
After moving to Connecticut in 2008, she found the Brookfield Craft Center and this is where her love (addiction) for working with metal started. She began taking related courses at BCC, The Center for Metal Arts, FIT, as well as with masters Charles Lewton-Brain (master goldsmith and creator of Foldforming), silversmiths Jayne Redman and Cynthia Eid and with independent instructors from around the country.
Lori now teaches metalsmithing and jewelry-making classes, both privately and in groups and is a faculty member at the Brookfield Craft Center. Finding inspiration in nature and geometry, she works primarily in 24k gold, fine silver, silver, copper and semi precious gemstones, using various techniques including Keum-boo, Fold-forming, anticlastic/synclastic forming, forging, cold-connections and more. “I enjoy the process of taking a flat piece of metal or a straight piece of wire and creating shapes, forms, textures and sculptures. Sometimes my creative process is planned out, and other times its spontaneous and I won’t know what I’m making until the piece is complete.”
She is a member of the Nutmeg Collective and has been featured in the 2017 Connecticut Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide. Her work can be found in many galleries in stores throughout Connecticut.