The Art of Melanie Gregory

Welcome to Ancient Earth Designs and my world of knots.  My name is Melanie Gregory and I am the sole artist and designer behind Ancient Earth Designs.  As an artist I take great pride in creating elegant, wearable pieces of art.  In my work I use only high quality materials such as natural gemstones, pearls, shell, czech glass beads, crystals as well as vintage pieces.

I start with the individual stone as a focal point for the design and then carefully choose the perfect color cord and beads that will most accentuate it, so that each finished piece is always as unique as the stone itself.   I love the process from shopping for materials, to creating the design for each piece, to then using my hands to create each unique finished piece of wearable art.

The natural world is the inspiration for all of my creations.  To create jewelry is a meditation for me, and my pieces bring positive energy as each gemstone has it’s own meaning, healing properties, and exudes elements from nature.

Macrame’ is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting.  Its primary knots are the square and forms of “hitching”: full hitch and double half hitches.   I’m always amazed by what can be created out of a little bit of string.

After completing a BA in Fine Arts at Hollins University in Virginia, I went on to work in various galleries and custom frame shops.  With a lifetime of exploring many creative outlets such as drawing, painting, screen-printing, and photography, I currently have been expressing my creativity through jewelry design.  Although I work presently in the mediums of painting and macrame’ and polymer clay, no medium is off limits as I’m constantly exploring new avenues of creativity.   I hope this has opened up a little window for you into my magical world of knots.

Currently my work can be seen at:

The Common Street Market – 54 The Common, Chester, VT 05143

My work has been shown at the following galleries throughout southern Vermont:

Artistree Gallery – 2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret, VT 05067

Depot Street Gallery – 44 Depot Street, Ludlow, VT 05149

Gallery at the Vault – 68 Main Street, Springfield, VT 05156

Canal Street Art Gallery – 23 Canal Street, Bellows Falls, VT 05101

Main Street Arts – 35 Main Street, Saxtons River, VT 05154

Current items available for sale can be viewed on my Etsy Page: