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Adorn & Conquer owners, Maria and Patrick met at Burning Man. Maria pulled Patrick from California six years ago to start creating beautiful, meaningful pieces of adornment with her. They are both firm believers that handmade jewelry should be made accessible. They even said it’s a gateway to buying more handmade items.
Originally from Slidell, Maria took her love of New Orleans songs and turned them into cuffs. You can find “Iko, Iko” and “Do you know what it means” on pieces for your wrist. Having graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art, she is in the new generation of metalsmith artists.
They make other items as well, like pet tags and bike reflectors.
Maria says that New Orleans culture is full of spirit and art and she gathers inspiration from it all the time. Their work connects them to the city and to the community.
1. Tell me about Adorn & Conquer.
We are artists working in house. Adorn & Conquer is our platform to showcase our work and other artists.
We make jewelry that is meaningful adornment. There are pieces that are sound waves of my favorite New Orleans songs. Then there are others that show the world with the underlying question, “Are we big or are we small?”
2. How long have you been in business?
We have been in this location for 4 years now. In 2008 I started making all my own pieces. After Hurricane Katrina I was doing local art markets. So it’s really been a progression.
3. How do people find you online?
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
We typically have a Bloody Mary bar here!
But really I want people to know that this is very personal. It’s an extension of my heart.
5. Lagniappe Info.
We have jewelry at many different price points – we try hard to keep it reasonable. I want to make things affordable and fair but I also have to make a living.
I am open to a dialogue about doing custom work. I am also honest when I am not the right fit for a piece.
We have our shop connected to the studio. It’s all made right here.
We make our displays and some of the furniture in the store as well.
There is a beautiful jewelers bench that we use a display case. Come by to learn the story behind it!
Go visit Adorn & Conquer in The Rink located at 2727 Prytania Suite 6.