Artist bio: Patricia Sullivan (She/hers) is a metalsmith based in New Jersey for the past 15 years. She has exhibited her artwork nationally, including the National Liberty Museum, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum and the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) as part of Metalsmith Magazine’s “Exhibition in Print – Moved by Metal” curated by Wendy Steiner.
Patricia upcycles mixed media such as fibrous pliable materials and precious metals reclaimed from prior projects into carefully crafted objects. The items are hand-sawed, pierced and connected by recycled silver elements to create a lasting object.
Ornamental links are drawn digitally first in Illustrator software before templates are applied to the upcycled material. All the links of this necklace are then hand-cut with a jeweler’s saw. With these new objects designed and cut by hand, they transform into wearable objects and thereby prevent their disposal. It’s the perfect process combination of digital-meets-the-handmade.