Video story: Artist Lesley Arroyo, St. Petersburg

Historic Kenwood, a St. Pete neighborhood known for its central location and century-old houses, is home to more than 75 artists working in 25 different mediums. Many create in their at-home studios. 

Lesley Arroyo of Fernweh Designs (whose name means wanderlust in German, and was inspired by her world travels) is one of those artists.

She makes one-of-a kind-jewelry using brass, silver and natural stones. Her inspiration for her designs began at the age of 5 with exploring her grandmother's jewelry box. Arroyo's creations range from bold to simple, modern, and organic.

She moved to St. Petersburg FL from Austin TX, where she began selling her work at one of the city's most popular street fairs after taking jewelry classes from an admired artisan.

“I’m thankful for that supportive beginning, but I'm even more thankful for the community here that has nurtured my little business and encouraged more creativity and growth," she says. "We really do have something special here.”

Watch and listen to her unique story, and visit the Fernweh Designs website to see and purchase unique art.
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Amber Sigman is a photographer with over 16 years experience covering both small-town and international stories; from a Florida woman visiting her native Cuba, to sacred spots in Thailand, and underwater adventures in Florida’s springs. Amber also taught photography to teenagers with the theme “The World is Your Classroom” in Southeast Asia honoring both her love for education, and diversity. When she isn’t taking pictures, she can sometimes be found globetrotting, snorkeling, or volunteering with animals.