Artist bio: In her home studio in a small town south of Chicago, Jen Surine hand fabricates contemporary jewelry. Wielding torches and hammers, Surine cuts and forms little pieces of wire, and bit by bit assembles one piece at a time to create a wearable piece of sculptural jewelry. She is best known for her “Openwork” style, a design process she has been developing for more than a decade.
Jen loves to blend contradictory emotions and styles in her designs, like edginess and glamour, sculpture and ethereality, Art Deco and futuristic. The result is a piece of jewelry that connects with people on multiple levels and for different reasons.
Jen Surine, a native Michigander, enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys when she’s not in her studio. She’s a lover of sunny days, rock hunting, baking bread, and family walks to the local ice cream shop in town. Surine graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BFA in 2008.