Lynn Strano-Whitt is a jewelry and textile artist who resides in Newark, DE with her husband and two children. Lynn was always enamored with jewelry of all kinds growing up and the gift of a rock tumbler from her grandfather only fueled that interest further. Twenty years later, on vacation with her husband in North Carolina, Lynn encountered a wire jewelry artist and immediately thought, “I can do that!”. Upon arriving home, she ordered her first rolls of bare copper wire from an electric supply company and went about the work of teaching herself how to create wire jewelry (this was prior to Google and YouTube!). Since then, Lynn has continued to refine and enhance her jewelry designs, finding inspiration in all things. Lampwork glass beads, natural stones, crystals, various types of pearls, millefiori beads, polymer clay, porcelain and terra cotta clay, and paste paper are just some of the materials she has used in her jewelry making; although she always returns to her first love, copper wire. In May of 2010, Lynn joined what became The Palette & The Page, LLC and became an integral part of the creation and ongoing management of the gallery and continues to dedicate herself to the gallery’s success. Entirely self-taught, Lynn frequently shares her knowledge and techniques in various local workshops and exhibits her work in the tri-state area. Lynn also enjoys working with textiles. She has created a wide selection of hand-made baby apparel, as well as handbags and totes. Lynn also volunteers as a costumer for Delaware Dance Company’s production of the Nutcracker; working closely with the Artistic Director and other volunteers to create new costumes, update existing costumes and creating headpieces and props.
Carolyn received a wood burning kit for Christmas when in fourth grade. Throughout the years she dabbled with all kinds of arts and crafts. Eventually Carolyn decided that pyrography (wood burning) was what she loved to do.
After raising two boys, in 2010 she decided it was time to really start her pyrography art business. At that time she became a member of The Palette & The Page, which is in her hometown.
Carolyn started out her business creating murals using three dimensional shapes of cut out wood and other sources and adding color and texture to her work. Carolyn does custom order murals by taking photos of homes, businesses, churches etc., and then designs a special mural for personal remembrance. She is always looking for new ideas to expand her wood art and has expanded to wood bowls, platters, lazy susans, spoons and more. Loving what she does, it makes her even more joyful when creating customers ideas and designs on their choice of wood.
Something you may not know about Carolyn...
What does a perfect day look like to you?
It would be a non humid low 70's day sitting and listening to a rushing river/creek with the sun gleaming off the water. I would be reading or just enjoying the view while eating popcorn and a waffle cone with a double ice cream. To top off the day I would then have a camp fire to enjoy the smell and to gaze into the flames. When I got tired I would crawl into my one man tent and sleep to the sounds of nature.