Merrell Hickey is a jewelry artist whose areas of work concentrate in bead embroidery, steampunk, and large lampworked pieces. She evolved from architecture to jewelry over fifteen years ago and loves the limitless, creative freedom of beads. The level of design, color, and texture involved in bead embroidery speaks to her love of detail and layering. Many of her pieces have a story-like quality to them and she has recently started doing small wall tapestries to encompass larger ideas. These pieces may take well over a hundred hours to complete but she is never afraid to start a commissioned project she knows will take months to complete.