I was born an artist and have been creating art for as long as I can remember. When I was twelve years old I took my first silversmithing class at a local art gallery. I immediately fell in love with the entire jewelry making process.
I soon discovered the best part of creating jewelry is that my art is wearable. I became a walking art display and as soon as I started wearing my art, I started receiving compliments. One day, a friend asked if I would make her a necklace similar to the one I had just made. I felt honored with this request. As I started sawing out my metal, I had a scary realization: if I could duplicate my necklace, other people could do so just as easily. And, if I made my necklace for my friend, there would be two walking art displays, doubling the chances of someone stealing my design.
I never thought if someone copied, they could illegally make money off of my idea. I never thought that by refusing to share my art, I would deprive the world of my talents and further deprive myself happiness and a potential financial profit. All I could think was that my art was an extension of myself. If someone copies my art, they are copying a piece of me. I decided that I would make my jewelry and wear my jewelry, but the moment I detected an individual with the ability and desire to steal a design, I would hide my art. I could not give away or sell my art unless I knew the recipient would take the same care that my designs deserved. Obviously, this plan was anything but flawless. In fact, it was crippling. I knew there had to be a better way to create art, enjoy art, sell art, and protect art without my fear of exploitation.
What was a girl to do?
I became an attorney.
I became an attorney so that I could confidently create, wear, give away, and sell my pieces of art. I practice, speak and write on this topic so that others do not have to become an attorney to obtain the same knowledge and confidence.
My jewelry line, Feingold Jewelry, is unique enough to make a statement, yet comfortable enough to wear every day. Each of my pieces is painstakingly constructed using only the finest materials, like pure sterling silver or 14 karat gold. The tiny sculptures are forged, patinaed, shined and transformed into wearable pieces of art, sure to be noticed. Although I have extensive formal art education, many of my techniques are self-taught using inspiration I find in unusual places. Feingold Jewelry may be found in various boutiques and online.
I graduated from Skidmore College and then from Syracuse University College of Law. I am licensed to practice law in the State of New York. In 2007 I joined Etsy as their 17th employee and first in house attorney. I currently serve as Counsel for Etsy.
I previously worked as an associate attorney at Lacy Katzen LLP, at American Lawyer Media, as a clerk for Karen DeCrow, Esq. on low income tax matters at Syracuse University College of Law's Low Income Taxpayer's Clinic, and as a reporter for The Daily Record, a legal newspaper.
Today, I serve on the Executive Committee of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association and am on the Board of Directors of the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association and I serve on the board of the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association.