Arielle Brackett

Arielle Brackett received her BFA in metals at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2017. She received various awards including the Juror’s Choice Award in Jewelry from CraftForms 2021. She has shown nationally and internationally. Internationally she has shown at; Craft Council of British Columbia in Vancouver BC, Canada, Arcub Gabroveni in Bucharest, Romania, National Library of Romania in Bucharest, Romania, Winzavod Contemporary Art Center in Moscow, Russia, and at the Museum of Stone-cutting and Jewelry Art in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Brackett received full ride scholarships to study in Le Barroux, France, Grand Junction, Colorado and at Penland School of Craft. She received scholarships to participate in a collaborative project called Frogwood in 2021 and 2023. Brackett was a resident artist at Sou’wester Art in Washington. Brackett has been published in numerous books, magazines and online platforms. She was published in SNAG Jams 2018, and How Art Heals, by Andra Stanton.

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Destruction of the Tillamook Rainforest Series

Date of Creation: January 18, 2020

List of Materials: Sterling silver, brass, flocking, and resin

Dimensions: 26”x 6”x 1.75” inches

Photographer's Name: Arielle Brackett (image 1) Michael Newsome (image 2)

Model's Name: Leondra Brackett

Conceptual Statement: Destruction of the Tillamook Rainforest Necklace, is made with sterling silver, brass, resin and flocking. At first glance it looks like a soft velvety flower surrounded by elegant pierced ferns but under further inspection the blue flocking appears as a mold-like substance. The flower I manipulated and reconfigured from a beaver jaw to symbolize the mountain beaver, whose population was devastated due to poachers, but is now federally protected. The male fern has a similar fate and is currently listed as a vulnerable species. In the Tillamook region alone, 215 species face extinction due to logging, urban development, agriculture, industrial pollutants and over-fishing. Clear-cut forests can be seen in satellite images. Hundreds of species’ are experiencing a rapid decrease in population, some of which are listed as an endangered species. It is my hope that this brooch informs the public about the ecosystem of the Tillamook Forest in Oregon.

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Foral and Coral Series

Date of Creation: 01/04/2021

List of Materials: Bronze, nickel, sterling silver, flocking and powder coating

Dimensions: 3.5"x4"x .25" inches

Photographer's Name: Arielle Brackett (image 1) Stephen Funk (image 2)

Model's Name: Leondra Brackett

Conceptual Statement: My Coral and Floral series represents ocean corals and florals that I have imagined. I use a technique called cuttlebone casting to create the majority of the texture. It is important to me as a conceptual metalsmith to use a casting method that is derived from nature. The Coral Collection is inspired by the underwater landscape of fan corals. The representation of coral castings are highly textured and repetitive in shape. My Floral Collection is inspired by the natural decay along the forest floor. Plants shed their leaves and over time the outer structure decays leaving the remaining internal structure of the plant, also known as a leaf skeleton. The lace-like structures embody the shape of its original forms but nothing else. I pulled inspiration from the lush environmental surroundings of Oregon's forests and the Pacific Ocean.The natural world is endlessly inspiring in its varieties of shapes, forms, textures, colors and life cycles.

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