My name is Melina and I'm a *mostly* self-taught Jeweler, Silversmith, Goldsmith and Jewelry Artist. I work under the names LUPANYXA and more recently M.NYXA to sign my work. The name LUPANYXA (Loopah-Niksah) was inspired by many things. I live with overlapping chronic conditions, including Rheumatoid Disease and Lupus. The word Lupa for "shewolf" borrowed from Lupus, a Latin word used as a way of describing the disease as "the bite of the wolf". Nyxa is a variation on the Greek name Nyx the primordial goddess of, and personification of the Night. Together I formed these words into LUPANYXA. I feel this name connected deep within me.
My jewelry is responsibly crafted and I follow sustainable studio practices. I work almost exclusively with recycled Sterling, Fine Silver and Solid Gold. I also melt and mill much of my own metals. I use responsibly sourced stones and gems from mines here in the Americas and from the most reputable and ethical suppliers. I occasionally source from very select overseas suppliers, like my Baltic Amber from Lithuania. Most of the cabochons I use in my work, are cut right here at home by my partner, Indigenous 3rd generation Lapidarist, Max Avila.
My inspiration arises from the mystery of life itself, mythology, the vastness of the cosmos, the stable density of earth, the emotion of water, the invisible messages in the ether, the excitement of fire, the changing seasons, cycles, rituals, forests, oceans, creatures and all of nature.
I often channel my ancient ancestors and animal allies in my work. I try to honor all peoples, plants and creatures by creating reminders of our connection to each other and most of all the great mystery of being alive. We are all related.
Connection is our truth.
Past and Current CV:
Ghost Gallery - Seattle, Washington 'Pollination Syndrome' Group Exhibit 2022
Pacific Crest Creatives - Cle Elum, Washington: Featured Gallery Artist 2019 - 2022