A Little About Me
My name is Lindsey Bishop, and I started selling my handcrafted ethical jewelry under the name Lackadazee in 2015.
I started silversmithing in a basement in Hagerstown Indiana. At the time, I had become fascinated with metal art of all kinds, and made copper bracelets for the holiday seasons for the ladies in my family. Like many things I'm interested in, I became consumed with learning about the metals and how they behaved, which lead me into the unsettling reality behind parts of the jewelry industry. I couldn't help but see the irony that something so beautiful and shiny such as gold and diamonds could have such an ugly history. To learn more, see FAQ below. So I started researching ways of creating ethical jewelry. I found sources for buying recycled silver and I started buying broken jewelry from individuals, while continuing to learn techniques of the trade.
When my boyfriend Luke and I moved to Louisville, KY I started Lackadazee to provide an ethical choice for progressive-minded individuals looking for an alternative to throwaway fashion.
My whole life I've had a passion for art and creating with expression. I care very much about nature, and will always strive to be part of a solution to make this world a better place for tomorrow. My jewelry helps me create an idea reality for myself - where I have more time to paint, create jewelry, have plants and grow vegetables and trees - and do everything I can to lessen my footprint.
Luke and I travel quite a bit. When we came back to Indiana from our last trip, I started to feel restless quickly. I delivered pizzas for a couple months until I had money to pay the rent for a store front in the quiet town of Dunkirk, Indiana. I used this shop as a workspace and a space to sell my jewelry, as well as artwork from artisans in the area. Dunkirk Art House was born, and is the only handmade co-op store in the county. Once we bought a house down in Louisville, where we planned on being, the Art House was passed on to co-op members and still thrives today.
What does Lackadazee do to be considered ethical and sustainable?
Lackadazee takes several measures to maintain sustainability. Using post-consumer and traceable high-quality gemstones. Fabricating and casting with only recycled 10k-22k gold and sterling and recycled silver. Plating is never used, because plating will eventually wear off, exposing base metal, creating an unwearable. High-quality tools are used to minimize trash.
Someday, Lackadazee wishes to run entirely on renewable energy. In the meantime, Lindsey does everything she can in her personal and professional life to minimize her footprint, by eating sustainable foods, buying locally, driving a fuel efficient car, using recycled packaging,
Lackadazee was chosen for two reason; Firstly, because I absolutely love the sound of it. It's phonically pleasing. More importantly, though, it's a description word for how things are done in the studio.
What does "Lackadazee" mean?
Where do I get recycled gold and silver and my ethical gemstones?
The gold and silver I use is high-quality and recycled. I source my silver from a company in New Mexico that specializes in refining recycled silver. My gold comes from a harmony certified company that specializes in refining gold.
The natural stones I use are either vintage, estate, or ethically sourced. Natural post consumer stones make up a majority of my collection.
I use both natural and lab-created gemstones. Lab-created stones are molecularly the exact same stone. I love the personality of natural stones, and I also love the purity of lab-created stones - speaking in terms of ethics and physicality. Because they are created in a lab, some argue that lab created stones are a higher quality product. They are also much easier to track and guarantee to be a product free of slave and child labor, poor and dangerous work conditions, and contributions to war funding.
I starting making jewelry after having a difficult time finding the kind of jewelry I want to wear; high-quality, affordable, modern, and most important, ethical and sustainable. Being an painter, a generally a person that wears many hats, I love jewelry with personality, the kind of pieces that seem to have been waiting their whole lives waiting for you, and you for them. I also enjoy subtlety, jewelry that seems so simple from first glance, but you still notice tiny details long after purchase. Jewelry should be built you last. Good design, quality materials, and thoughtful craftsmanship are the key ingredients to a lifelong relationship with your jewelry.
Why did you start making jewelry?