Erin Prais-Hintz is a bricolage artist passionate about supporting art and creative self-expression. Bricolage artists gather tools, techniques and supplies in order to construct their art from a diverse stockpile of methods and ideas. Erin knows each new artwork grows from the previous one, building on the groundwork laid over time. For Erin believes that we are all called to be creative, and knows that the greatest joy is found when creating something from nothing and working with her own two hands, and also connecting others to the joy of creativity in their souls. Erin’s art ranges from artisan jewelry, polymer clay, mixed media mosaics, paintings and illustrated word art.
Erin has been published in countless magazines including Bead Trends, Stringing, Beadwork, Step-By-Step Wire, BeadStyle, and Jewelry Affair, and contributed to books like Bead Soup, Unexpected Findings and 500 Art Jewelry Necklaces. She is an editor of the online communities Art Bead Scene Studio and Earrings Everyday. Erin has been a guest on the show Beads, Baubles & Jewels, and recorded four full-length mixed media jewelry DVDs for Interweave: Fabulous Facets, Wire Doodles, Flashes of Brilliance, and Shimmering Garden. Additionally, Erin has worked for a decade as a brand ambassador for various companies from EK Success, Nunn Design, ImpressArt and Halcraft USA.
Erin has had her work juried into a variety of exhibits including the 2016 + 2018 Midwest Seasons at the Center for Visual Arts, plus many years of the annual Winter's Garden and won Best in Show in the 2017 Re-Art Revived recycled art show at the Riverfront Art Center. Her polymer clay beads were featured in the Allegory Gallery (Ligonier, PA) 2016 exhibit The Art of the Bead featuring 40 bead artists from around the world displaying mini-masterpieces in a variety of media. She is delighted to be selected for 2018 The Art of the Bead: Polymer Clay with a hand-selected group of 12 polymer clay artists, each submitting 12 unique beads. In 2010, she had her first solo Gallery Q exhibit, Inspired By, and in 2016 an exhibit of her mixed media art and jewelry inspired by the beautiful verse of Wisconsin poet Cristina Raskopf Norcross entitled Beauty in the Broken Place." She is hard at work on her next exhibit for summer 2018 entitled Momentum: Art in Motion, and creating classes for the 2nd annual Adornments retreat in Galena, IL in July.