Mandy Toomey was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She discovered her love for metalsmithing while attending the University of Kansas and ultimately double majored in Metalsmithing and Art History. Growing up in Minneapolis constantly being surrounded by the juxtaposition of city life and nature has influenced her work, finding inspiration everywhere from the structural design of Minneapolis bridges to the stillness of the water beneath them and the patterns in the leaves on the trees. Mandy Toomey started Mandy by Mandy in 2015. She transforms sheet and wire into one-of-a-kind wearable art using soldering, piercing and hammering techniques. Mandy fabricates each piece by hand in her home studio in Northeast.