Erika Laine Hansen started making jewelry from plastic fishing lure beads out of her grandfather's tackle box at age 5. Her necklaces were very popular with the other kindergarteners. At age 15, she began showing her jewelry in galleries. She is not formally educated in art, but has a B.S. in Biology and a B.A in Psychology from Cleveland State University. Her mother, who is a retired graphic designer, illustrator, and all around crafty lady, is the primary source of her art education and creative genes. They are currently collaborating on making plantable handmade paper ornaments, gift tags, bookmarks and cards under the name two arty ladies.
When not creating art, she can often be found with her nose in a book, playing euchre or spades, cooking up something delicious with fresh veggies from her garden, or spending time with her husband, three cats, and two rabbits.