orig_4353_027R18Shieldmaiden Designs is the creative endeavor of Julie Clawson who has taken her passion for making and channeled it into metal and stone. She launched Shieldmaiden Designs in early 2015 as a place to sell her handmade jewelry and décor. Inspired by the stories we tell and the magic of the natural world, her creations shape metal and stone into reflections of those tales and beauty. Drawn to myths and legends, the name Shieldmaiden Designs came from her love of Eowyn, the Shieldmaiden of Rohan, from The Lord of the Rings. The need to create and design items of beauty was her way of breaking free from the Shieldmaiden’s fear of living in a cage and contributing nothing to the world. To that end, she uses her hand (literally just one since she was born missing her lower left arm) to create. From fabricating and soldering jewelry, to carving designs in wax and casting them in silver, to shaping and polishing stones, she involves herself in every step of the jewelry making process. Shieldmaiden Designs has slowly grown over its first couple of years, showcasing in a few venues to great response with many more shows planned for the upcoming year.