Nancy Meli Walker is a jewelry designer and fabricator who utilizes Chasing and Repoussé and a variety of other metal techniques to create unique, highly crafted, one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry. Her work has been featured in books “Showcase 500 Rings”, “Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry” by Lark Crafts, “Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the toolbox” by Mark Fenn by Schiffer Publishing and “JaMs 2017”, Jewelry and Metals Survey by SNAG, Society of North American Goldsmiths. Her work has been curated and exhibited into “Appropriated Adornment” at SNAG 2017 on-line exhibition, “Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature”and “On the Rocks” at Lillstreet Center for the Arts in Chicago, IL, “The Power and the Beauty” at Alchemy 9.2.5 in Belmont, MA, and the “The First Annual Chasing & Repoussé International Survey 2000-2015”at Outnumbered Gallery in Littleton, CO where she was a juror, demonstrator and exhibitor of the technique for the show. Her work is available for private sale and at Studio 22K in Paia, Maui, Hawaii, and for viewing on www.nmwdesigns.com.
Meli Walker began her studies in jewelry fabrication at Jewelry Arts Institute in NYC in 2001. After moving to California in 2002, she continued her education in jewelry manufacturing and gemology at the Gemological Institute of America and graduated in 2004. She has continued her studies in metal techniques at the Revere Academy in San Francisco with Jean Stark, Ronda Coryell, Kent Raibe, Fabrizio Aquafresca, Felix Stussi, and John Cogswell; the Whaley Studios in SanDiego with Jay Whaley and Nancy Megan Corwin; the Davide Bigazzi Studio in Menlo Park, CA; the Cecelia Bauer Studio and the Valentin Yotkov Studio in New York City; and with Ford Hallman at Jonas Blade and Metalworks in New Hampshire. Meli Walker graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, in 1979 with an AA in Fashion Design specializing in Knitwear. She worked in the fashion business from 1979 to 1983 in New York City, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.
In 2006 she formed NMW Designs to create distinctive handmade jewelry. Inspired by ancient techniques, designs of traditional cultures and patterns of nature found throughout the world, her design elements form a blueprint which Meli Walker innovatively and artistically modernizes. Texturing techniques of fusing, granulation, reticulation, Chasing and Repoussé and the reflective light qualities of gems and metals are also key elements of her work.
Meli Walker has been active in other artistic mediums. From 1986-2002 she worked as a fine artist and and as a media mixologist both as a soloist and a collaborator. She co-founded the live video performance trios The Poool [1996-1999] and NNeng [1998-2001]. The concerts from these groups have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Artist’s Space, Roulette and The Kitchen in New York City and at performances in Spain and Japan. Her video, installation and solo art work have been shown internationally in galleries, museums, festivals and the Internet. Please review the full art resume at www.nancyworld.com.
Meli Walker is interested in promoting art work to the general public and opened a window/internet gallery, www.gallerythe.org, in Brooklyn, NY in 2001. This gallery’s mission was to bring free art viewing to the public and to allow artists and curators to exhibit their ideas in an “UN-profitable” platform. The gallery’s physical space closed in 2010 but the archive remains on the internet.
Her non-Art activities include: 2010-2015 Founding partner of Impact Giving, a not for profit women’s collective giving organization based in Laguna Beach, CA; 2015-17 Managing director of Golden Seeds, a network of angel investors dedicated to investing in start-up companies with women leadership; and 2014-current- Volunteer as a Reiki Master practitioner for patients at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, CA.
Ms. Meli Walker was born in Youngstown, Ohio and has lived in Seoul, Korea; Tokyo, Japan; New York City and several cities in California. She currently splits her time between Laguna Beach, California and New York City.