Lillian Fitzpatrick, of Two Rivers Forge and Studio, is an emerging artist and metalsmith based out of Highlandville, MO. Lillian holds a BFA in metals/jewelry from Missouri State University and her work centers around incorporating non-precious materials and innovative techniques in art jewelry and objects. Her work often explores questions of why and how humans adorn themselves, and the body as a public space for exhibiting an intimate form of art. Before focusing on metals, her work ranged from painting and mixed-media to wool felting and screen printing by hand. Experience with various media lends to her jewelry and metalwork, and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include AdornForm|FormAdorn at Baltimore Jewelry Center and two upcoming editions of The Contemporary Jewelry Exchange (an international exhibition-in-print).
In 2014, Lillian was chosen to spend two months as a resident artist in Taiwan, an experience that has heavily influenced her work and methods. She is now arranging a second visit to Taiwan for further inspiration. She and her husband along with their two teenage children live on a small beef cattle farm and operate a blacksmith shop, producing both large- and small-scale architectural ironwork for commercial and residential projects by commission. Lillian also works as a teaching artist with Placeworks Arts Outreach (a partnership between Springfield Art Museum and Community Foundation of the Ozarks) where she travels to rural schools and develops projects linking core curriculum standards with visual arts. She teaches beginning to intermediate jewelry classes at Springfield Art Museum, led workshops at The Howdy House Studio and Gallery/The Shoe Tree Listening Room, has taught children’s art camps through Springfield Regional Arts Council, and volunteers in the arts by giving metalsmithing demos and painting murals for non-profit organizations aiding children. Lillian finds it extremely fulfilling to help adults and children realize that humans, by nature, are creative beings.