Hi! I'm Jessica. I started Hey Lola in 2003 as a small retail boutique, selling gifts and handmade jewelry. Although it's not the same business it was when I started, I'm proud of the growth and evolution it has experienced through the years.
Today, I'm an environmental artist who works in paint, jewelry and marine debris, and I still work under the name "Hey Lola." During the spring, summer, and early fall, you can find me selling my jewelry and art at various markets throughout Central Illinois, working on murals, and having the occasional art show. My art shows are either displayed paintings on canvas and/or board, or an interactive, educational exhibit called "Playa de Plastico." Playa de Plastico is various pieces of aquatic themed art, made entirely of garbage. Most of the garbage is plastic, and much of it is collected from places that I visit around the world.
(Which is why you generally won't find me in the midwest in the winter.)
My jewelry is made from glass, natural stone and wood, and recycled metal and plastic. Most of it is aquatic themed and references my deep love for and connection to the ocean.
During the winter months, I like to spend my time doing beach clean-ups, collecting debris for my sculptures, gathering reference and educational photos for my art and business, and furthering my art education.
I believe in advocating for people experiencing homelessness and for positive mental health. I believe in using my work and talent to create and share joy. I believe in trying to be better. I believe we have a responsibility to each other. I believe in equal rights. I believe in God and I believe that my beliefs don't supersede yours. I believe in the Buddhist thought of many paths up the mountain. Religion is just a different view and path up the same mountain. When we get to the top, we'll be there together, taking in the view, no matter what we decide to call it. I hope we all help each other along the way.
Thank you for visiting my website and for supporting my work. It means more to me than you could ever know.