About the Artist

Jerri Lynn Reeves at DragonCon 2013. Photographed by SciFiAnimeHeroes

Jerri Lynn Reeves at DragonCon 2013. Photographed by SciFiAnimeHeroes

My fascination with tiaras has its roots in my ballet training—seeing professional dancers onstage as Sugar Plum Fairy or Princess Aurora. Stage lights play with those glimmering stones and the jewels of the ballet always seemed much more imaginative and captivating than the tiaras I saw on real-life royals in newspapers and magazines. I gained inspiration from classical South Asian dance. The rich saris, beautiful tikas, and elaborate hair ornamentation encouraged me to start creating hair pieces myself, briefly dabbling in silk flower accessories.

About Dragon Gate Design

Dragon Gate Design, a registered limited liability corporation in the State of North Carolina, is owned and operated by the artist Jerri Lynn Reeves.

An instructor and performer of ballet and modern dance until 2000, Jerri works as an IT Manager in the Asheville, NC area. She has made a variety of headpieces and fashion accessories for 25 years. She works on her tiara and headpiece designs during the evening and weekends

In Chinese mythology, the Dragon Gate was a legendary place of great transformation, symbolizing triumph after hard work and diligence. Success as a dancer is a matter of effort. They work hard for their moment on stage in the spotlight—and the tiara is often a potent symbol of that well-earned success.