Unique, Modern, Women and Men's Woven Jewelry. Building upon a hand-fabricated framework of sterling silver, I hand weave with 22k gold, fine silver and sterling silver. Clean designs that create visual contrast and impact, using pattern, texture and mixed metal. My work has been featured at some of America's most prestigious art shows and in fine craft galleries.
This body of work represents an exploration of lightweight metal wearable constructions that move, shift, and collapse. Each piece is an experiment - created with hand fabricated and forged links. Sterling silver or gold wire is forged on an anvil, then is precisely drilled. The forged pieces are assembled into compositions with moveable riveted joints at each connection point. These jewelry objects are both sculptural and kinetic, responding to the movement of the body that wears them. There is a playfulness and joy of discovery in each piece as they are picked up, handled, and worn.
My work is lathe turned, hand carved and fabricated. I'm inspired by the repetitive forms of industry and the graceful lines in nature. My pieces are sterling silver with oxidation, alternative sources of color and texture and an occasional decadence of gold accents.
Timeless textures found in natural forms inspire me. I use a variety of techniques to create surfaces in metal reflecting the earth's physical structure and the life that thrives on it. The resulting body of work combines and contrast these surfaces with elements from nature such as wood, fossils, rocks, and stones. The finished pieces are evocative of ancient forms while designed with a modern sensibility.
I envision and create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. I fulfill my visions using natural gemstones of unique form, clarity and color surrounded with 18/22K gold and sterling silver.Use of the ancient technique of granulation in 22K gold is an intricate part of my work. I accept the challenges which each piece presents. I design it; make it, and wear it . The gift I have to be able to create these exciting pieces evolved at an early age- my mother was a jeweler. My skills are continuously sharpened through advanced jewelry programs workshops and many hours at my workbench. The final creation is dramatic and timeless.
Designing and creating jewelry is my passion. It sounds cliche', but it's true. I have a need to create. Some of the many techniques I use include beadweaving, wirewrapping, and metalsmithing. These techniques help me to create a variety of types of jewelry: chainmaille, beadweaving, and hand-forged metal jewelry. My chainmaille jewelry is hand-fabricated using traditional metalsmithing techniques.. I begin with wire, cut jump rings and then weave them into different patterns using sterling silver, copper, and red brass. I strive to make my handwoven chain both classic and modern. My handcrafted beadwoven jewelry is created one bead at a time using a needle and thread and a variety of stitches and materials. Beadweaving with seed beads allows me to delve into color and texture using stitching techniques from across the globe such as Ndebele stitch (Africa), St. Petersburg (Russia) and Peyote (Native American).
With an eye toward a particular design, tiny glass beads, semi-precious stones and other objects are selected to achieve an optimal palette of hues, textures and finishes. Elements are then hand sewn, one bead at a time, using stitches with roots in ancient times. Designs, including a line of Judaica, are Inspired by history, travel, art or nature. At times, the beads take geometric forms; at times, they wander in a freeform, seemingly random manner. The end product melds color, tone and texture, achieved with an eye toward the elegant, the unusual and, on occasion the quirky. Whatever their shape or color, the jewelry is imbued with love, history and memories.
Primarily working in hand selected gemstones, sterling silver and colors of golds, the artist explores the idea of creating simple forms rich with textures. The artist's work is created using traditional techniques of metal hand fabrication, chasing and repousse, hand carving wax and casting, hand engraving and a multitude of stone setting techniques. Bold juxtaposed metal colors paired with carefully curated gemstones, the work creates a rich display of fine details showcasing balanced design. Having a fine arts background in painting and drawing, the artist takes an approach to metal that stems from a 2-d background. Heavily influenced by artwork from Expressionism and Impressionism to Realism and Perfectionism, the artist studies and explores their views of the world through their art. Capturing little elements of nature, urban and rural life and translating them into wearable expressions of jewelry art.
Hand fabricated sterling silver jewelry featuring real sea glass, pearls and etched glass. Organic in feel and design, the sea glass itself is often the inspiration for the designs.
I fabricate my jewelry designs using tarnish resistant Argentium sterling silver, fine silver precious metal clay componants, 18k gold bi-metal and 24k gold keum boo.
As a lover of outdoor adventures, I've always been drawn to nature's rawest elements. This vast array of texture and pattern deeply influences the aesthetic of my work. Through interpreting these elements, my jewelry takes on an ancient yet timeless quality. Each piece in the collection is individually handcrafted in my studio through a combination of lost wax casting and fabrication. Through the creation process, I hope to showcase slow made items that are worked by hand from start to finish while maintaining a chic and refined allure. My work primarily consists of Argentium silver, vermeil, and solid gold varying from large statement pieces to small dainty adornments.
Using only a needle, thread, and tiny glass beads, I explore the characteristics and push the possibilities of basic beadweaving stitch structures. Each new piece leads to new 'what if...?'s. I just love seeing how ideas develop and fit together. My reward is in capturing space and light in a three-dimensional, textural form that is innovative, yet eminently wearable.
I communicate and am inspired by nature. As an observer, I am fascinated by the harmony and ever-changing interactions in the nature. I integrate shape and images of nature but not limited to the universe, plants, algae, and minerals. Most often, I work with different kinds of metals to reflect the images inspired by the nature's form and colors. By incorporating and adding my imagination to the nature's vitality, I am able to create new life with another image in my work. In the form of my work, I pursue to embody its most natural form. In the process of creating my work techniques such as hammering, fusing, fabricating and soldering are used to represent each metal's characteristic and texture as much as possible. I use variety of materials rather than focusing on use of limited materials to fully express and form my works.
My work is a celebration of form and its relationship to the body. Through the richness and colors of enameling I bring these pieces to life. I create forms which are rich in texture expressive color and evoke universal memories and emotions. Electroforming allows this work to be very light weight and extremely easy to wear while creating a distinct and bold impression.
I make exuberant textile jewelry. My Philadelphia studio clatters with trays of bright beads and bins of warm felt. It's a laboratory for pattern, color and texture. I love color you can feel. With needle and thread, I meticulously hand stitch each tiny glass bead to the big felt rounds. I fuse the silver links by hand.
Holly Anne Mitchell
For nearly 28 years, I've had an endless fascination with newspaper. It began with an assignment in a metalsmithing class. I had to create a piece of jewelry which did not consist of any traditional materials (no metal, precious stones, etc.). I chose newspaper. I love to push the boundaries of it's text, color and content. For example, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today have very different fonts. I love to juxtapose them to create wonderful rich textural patterns. I use Comic Strips because the characters' expressive faces contain bold, bright and powerful colors. I use Expired Coupons because the textural patterns of many elements including the UPC Bar Codes are reminiscent of African Kente cloth. I strive to bring out these aesthetic strengths to create jewelry which is equally interesting both on and off the body. I truly believe the ordinary (such as newspaper) can be extraordinary.
Sublime beauty can be found in natural forms and patterns. With my work, I try to capture the dichotomy of texture and color inherent in nature. I use high karat gold, palladium and oxidized silver in most of my work. I use diamonds and colored stones in my pieces, but use them to produce a dusting effect as opposed to being the focus. My pieces can start with a casting and have many fabrication steps thereafter, or can be completely fabricated from fine metal stock. I utilize abrasive finishes, embossing and patinas to achieve color and texture.
I describe my work as avant-garde, inspired by historical containers worn on the body. I make pendants that are small vessels designed to hold a treasured item, a scent, an intention or to serve as a grounding, meditation object. My pieces tap into the powerful role that jewelry plays in connecting us with our sense of self and connecting us with others. I strive to make jewelry that enhances our feelings of belonging, connection and self expression.
Blown, lamp worked and cold worked borosilicate glass with mixed media and precious metals. I reference fine art, fashion, interior design and nature. I hand blow each bubble. While the work appears heavy and fragile it is extremely lightweight and durable. My goal is to push the boundaries of what glass can and can't do and to create never before seen pieces whose only reference is imagination. Within my compositions I strive to balance color, texture, reality and illusion. They are the perfect balance of strength and beauty.
I use a wide variety of gold-smithing techniques like chasing, fabricating, wax carving, casting etc. I work mostly in 18k gold and sterling silver.
The use of textiles in my work originated from a desire to find an alternative to gemstone embellishment for my designs. Textiles are a central part of my work. Using myriad braiding techniques across five wooden stands of Japanese origin, I create small textiles from fine silk threads. My fiber pieces begins as either a spool or skein of very fine hand-dyed silk thread. Some of the silks are as fine as a strand of human hair. I warp these threads, section them, tension them, and braid them. The warps range in thickness from five silk strands per individual element, up to two-hundred strands per individual element. In my work, the number of individual elements can vary from eight for tiny ties, up to thirty-two for thicker, much larger textiles. I make all of the closure ties in addition to the focal textiles for the pieces themselves. I combine my textiles with traditional metal handicraft that includes Etruscan-style chain weaving, metal forming, granulation and hand engraving.
My jewelry designs are influenced by both the visual and the tactile. Whether it's the leaves on trees, the roughness of tree bark, or the intricacies of Japanese textile design, I distill these images into my jewelry with and elegant simplicity.My work is textural being pleasing to the eye and the hand at the same time. I create unique textures utilizing original photographs I have taken while traveling. My Yellowstone and Bryce series were developed using photographs I took in our National Parks. I etch the design into a texture plate and then roller print or emboss the design into my metal. After texturing the metal, I die-form and fabricate each piece of jewelry. My Yellowstone and Bryce series is embellished with 24k gold keum boo accents and then oxidized to fully develop the contrasts between the blackened metal and the gold.