A native of West Michigan, Brenda has always loved the natural beauty of the area – the glorious Lake Michigan shoreline, the ever changing dune forests and the lushness surrounding the region’s many lakes and rivers. Wherever one roams, there’s a deep sense of being grounded in this natural beauty. Now back in Grand Haven, Brenda has founded a jewelry design business, B Nienhouse Designs, that takes inspiration from this natural beauty. A Resident Artist at Studio JSD, she is finding a new joy in the hands-on creative process of jewelry design and fabrication. What began with a class at Metalwerx in the Boston area in 2016 has now blossomed into a new life of ongoing creative growth. Her designs can be found in museum and studio galleries in West Michigan and at art fairs around the country.
“The natural beauty of West Michigan has played a powerful role in the development of my aesthetic. The abstract shapes & shadows of the dune & forest landscapes, the reflection of light on water & the vibrant sunsets all form the inspiration for my jewelry design. I work with metal – sheet, wire & tubing – which is sawed, soldered, forged & formed to build hand-fabricated designs that re-imagine this world in my chosen medium.”
– Brenda S. Nienhouse, Artist