Janeen St. Louis has been creating jewelry for over a decade that started with the passing of her grandmother. Known for her beaded work, Janeen primarily used natural, raw and organically recycled materials appreciating their textures, colors, shapes and imperfections. Later in her career as a jeweler, Janeen developed a love and skill in metalsmithing. Still, materials that are imperfect and underutilized, provide the artist a familiar window through which she can relate her own personal style and journey through life.
Particularly inspired by the presence of ancient Egypt, as well as her African and Native American Ancestry, Janeen does not limit or characterize her jewelry. The pieces that she creates evolve into an “experience”; offering a narrative of emotions with a creative niche that is reflective of the African Diaspora. Her inspiration is also a reflection of Mother Nature; a deep seated gift to be in tune with nature and one that she does not take for granted.
Janeen has done various arts and craft shows throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Her work has been sold in numerous boutiques in Miami, Cambridge, Martha’s Vineyard and Boston, including the Museum of African American History on Beacon Hill. Janeen has created custom pieces for Award winning actress, musician and TV personality, Queen Latifah; Massachusetts First Lady, Diane Patrick; Grammy Nominated R&B group, Les Nubian’s as well as Self publisher and Author, Shahrazad Ali.
An innovator of economic empowerment, growth and resource, Janeen is also known to do charitable work with her jewelry. “I feel if you have a skill that makes money, use it to raise money or at least, recycle your skill back into your community!”. Janeen has donated custom pieces for auction to women and girls wellness organizations along with relief efforts towards Haiti, homelessness, education and addiction and trauma programs. In addition, St. Louis donates portions of her profits from jewelry sales toward individual and or organizational efforts geared toward community empowerment events and projects that manifest growth for African Americans.