Tara Locklear graduated from East Carolina University attaining her BFA in Metal Design. Material investigations coupled with perceived value of wearable objects are driving forces in her work. Inspired by mid-century adornment, her designs are comprised of industrial and re-purposed elements resulting in a visual dialog of interpretive modern costume jewelry. . Her work has been shown in Costume Costume Part II an Invitational Opulent Project exhibition at Sienna Gallery in Boston, MA, Hot Under the Collar, a SNAG Juried Exhibition at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in Scottsdale, AZ and Ferrous, a Crafthaus and Velvet da Vinci Juried exhibition at Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco, CA and 18kt Gallery in Toronto, Canada. She exhibited and was co-curator of Monochrome Noir at Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco, California. Tara currently resides in Raleigh, NC where she works as a studio jewelry artist.