Ashley Ernest is a jewelry designer, textile designer, and metalsmith specializing in one-of-a-kind, limited series, and art jewelry. She is a free-lance designer and an arts educator living in Philadelphia, PA. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BA from, Rhode Island College; with disciplines in metals and jewelry. Her interests range from Feminism to Buddhism, to her current interests in TED talks and travel. She enjoys exploring diverse materials and techniques, such as; wood carving, textiles, die forming, and repousee. She is an enthusiast and advocate for art/design and hands-on-craft education. Ashley enjoys conferring about art and design wherever and whenever possible!