JeaneMargherite Meria Murray McMahon
Mixed Media Artist and Owner of Shimmerlings, Inc.®
With my business as well as my life, I strive to keep it local, keep it real, craft with care; reclaim, reinvent, redesign; repurpose, reimagine, recreate; make it work, make it magic, make it great; use it up, wear it out, pay it forward; upcycle, recycle, recover; create intentionally, enhance whimsy, build beautifully…next verse same as the first!
I am a red headed, whimsical lunatic, faerie follower, passionate recycler, errant wife and delinquent mother of three (that I know of). I am unabashedly honest, optimism is my superpower and I believe willpower is generally over rated!
I am an everlasting conundrum…a top notch type A, Martha channeling organizer with an Irish Bohemian Gypsy Queen soul that is sprinkled so heavily in faerie dust that even the deepest crevices of my cleavage sparkle with magic. I hate being bi-polar, it’s awesome! And oh yeah another thing….I’m an artist!! [read more...]
I believe that all materials can be purposed and repurposed to become useful and beautiful building blocks in jewelry and other treasures.
We have built a reputation for creating beautiful treasures in a manner in which allow them to honor the spiritual and mystical aspects of the each of the components. The mystical, magical and stupendously mysterious bit of life saturate our very existence.Find out more
We are proud to be a part of the Sustainable Upcyle Movement. We Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Recycle with exuberance and joy! We are more conscious not only about the origins of our components but working towards having a more positive impact on our environment.Find out more
Intentional: an action performed with awareness; done deliberately, consciously, on purpose. Each one of our treasures is individually hand crafted with good intention and imbued with positive energy, as well as all the joy we can bring to the add to its new life.Find out more
We have various shows and events during the year. Juried Art Shows, Trunk Shows, Gallery Showings and often we have events in and around the venues where our Shimmerlings Treasures reside. Check our Shows & Events Page for all the details!
With creations that are both powerful and whimsical, Wisconsin based mixed media artist JeaneMargherite believes herself an eco-artist warrior; as each of her treasures are partially if not fully crafted of reclaimed and upcycled components.
My creations are an extension of my personality with all its facetted, eclectic and expressive style. My fascination with repurposing jewelry was conceived at the tender age of ten when I inherited a large box of costume jewelry from my first generation Irish Grandmother. I could see it truly was just a treasure chest of enchantment! I was inspired to deconstruct each piece, until I simply possessed piles of sparkling colorful delight! I held the ones I felt most strongly called to me and allowed the new creation to reveal itself as I worked. The energy amongst those bits and pieces was intoxicating, beautiful new items were created with love from objects that held love and life in them. My friends were amazed with what I had created, and I eventually sold off most of my “new” inheritance to my fellow school mates twenty-five cents at a time!
As I travel through my own journey of being, I have discovered that the more experiences I have in life, the more life I have to offer my work. I have found inspiration in a myriad of mediums as I have unfolded as an artist. I have always had a deep appreciation for nature and a passion for found objects as well as all things mystical. My work reflects the warmth of fire, resilient earthiness, freedom of sky, breath of air and the strength of water, intermingled with the colors of imagination and a whoosh of whimsy. As that has been my journey, it has also been the voyage of my creativity as an artist. I am told I possess an uncanny ability to discover the beauty in the overlooked and underappreciated. I enjoy merging unlikely components and the power of gemstones to create magical treasures, which delight and inspire.
My passion blossomed to business when word spread like wildfire once folks discovered that I had actually created the items I was gifting to friends and family. Requests rolled in with undeniable energy that inspired me to also take part in a few juried art shows. From there I quickly graduated from basement tabletop diversion to serious studio artist.
I believe that each creation has a rightful companion it calls to, and the energy people exude when they have found their treasure, truly delights me…in my passion, that is where I find my joy!
Although most every Shimmerlings treasure is a unique and truly one of a kind, we have attempted to pull together a few of our lovelies in our Portfolio….go check us out!
In the past 13 years I have been extremely fortunate to study under some wonderfully talented and skilled artists all over the country. Each of these artists is well known in their fields; with this type of instruction in varied mediums I am able to form a well-rounded and balanced skill set that has allowed me to work well in a number of practices and mediums.
(Reclaimed Components, Metal, Wire, Fiber, Resin, Paper)
• SUSAN M. LENART-KAZMER www.susanlenartkazmer.net
• LINDA LARSEN www.objectsandelements.com
• MARY HETTMANSPERGER www.maryhetts.com
• KIM ST. JEAN www.kimstjean.com
• STEVEN JAMES www.macaroniandglitter.com
• ROBERT DANCIK www.fauxbone.com
• ED & MARTHA BIGGAR www.edandmarthabiggar.com
Metal / Wire Work / Bench Skills
• LISA CLAXTON www.lisaclaxton.com
• BRENDA SCHWEDER www.brendaschweder.com
• LESLEE FRUMAN www.lesslieefrumin.com
• SHARRI HAAB www.sharrihaab.com
• CRISTINA LEONARD www.cristinaleonard.com
• THOMAS MANN www.thomasmann.com
• ANNE E. MITCHELL www.annemitchell.net
• LISA NIVEN KELLY www.lisanivenkelly.com
The Clan McMahon, a portion of my heritage that I would like to share….
Scathach or Sgathaich (‘skah – thahgh)
“She Who Strikes Fear”
“The Shadowy One”
Scathach, Gaelic Goddess of the Dead, the warrior-woman risen to Divinity, patron of blacksmiths and warriors alike. The Goddess of those slain in battle and the passage of the dead to Tir Nan Og. Once mortal, she was touched by the Tuatha de Dannan in a way usually only seen in the Sidhe. In her duties, she is similar to the Valkyrie of the Norse. She searches the battlefields for the souls of the slain, and guides them along the Imrama na Anam, or Death Journey (lit. “Journey of the Soul”), to Tir Nan Og, the Land of Eternal Youth and Beauty. [read more...]
Unconventionally Inquisitive Qualities
Most children have a “Why? Phase” when they question everything they hear and are told, we are by nature inquisitive as a human race. Fortunately my inherent inquisitive nature was not a phase I grew out of. From opening the box, pulling the curtain and looking under the rock to figuring out how the watch worked, how a car ran and where many things came from and ended up. I wanted to know everything! In my life and my work I have always been the one wondering why it needed to be done that way, and what would happen if I tried this, and maybe I can get that to work this way…and honestly I’m constantly amazing myself at how wonderfully things work out! Many have forgotten about that childhood wonder and inquisitive nature…I have chosen to nurture mine and it has grown into a power that creates wonderful things!
No Rubbish in Refuse
I grew up with four brothers, regardless of the fact that I was the second oldest, I was certainly the smallest…we didn’t have much money living the American Dream of a first generation family from Ireland, which you guessed it meant hand me downs….from my brothers! It was at a tender age that my inquisitive nature was put to practice creating new uses for all and every thing. When I first discovered a Resale Shop in the next town over while exploring with a friend, I almost passed out with glee! Who knew there were places to get ‘hand me downs’ that I might actually WANT?!! Although not truly appropriately named…in our teens we called these treasure hunts “Trashin”…and to this day I’ve been blessed with the talent of finding just what I want, just when I need it! This has served me well throughout life and in business. Vintage shops, Resale Stores, Estate Sales, Consignment & Antique shops as well as broken equipment, broken jewelry, the hardware store and the generosity of friends is where most of my discoveries are the most fruitful! The overlooked, underappreciated and forlorn are my favorite components to use with the mystical magic of Mother Nature’s gemstones.
Welcome to Earth
Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Third Rock from the sun…whatever you call it, this is where we live, it is our home; and as my mother always taught me we keep our home clean. As almost a culmination of my inquisitive nature and my trashin’ talents this was always a natural habit for me to develop. If it in no way can be reused, recycled or upcycled, it goes into the trash…which always breaks my heart just a little bit at a time. In our family of 5 (two adults, three teenagers) at the end of any given week we put one 60 gallon garbage can out (and it’s usually not filled) next to the three recycle bins. When anyone comes across something that needs to be recycled…they always ask…”Studio? Or Recycle?” There is a basket for all the items that are saved until they are taken to my studio…glassware, wine bottles and corks, bottle tops, pull tabs, bread ties…I am always disappointed if there is not much in there each week, and it feels like a treasure hunt when there is!! It happifies me to keep a smaller foot print, to use, reuse, recreate, reimagine…it’s what makes my world go ‘round.