Caressa Layne

Beginning with bedtime tales of faerie queens and witches of the wood, I have always been drawn to stories.
Combining traditional arts with experimental materials, I play with the concept of tradition and folklore merging with modern art. Using preserved plants in jewel-like settings, the work I create pays homage to the tradition of storytelling and folklore.
I draw inspiration from faerie tales, classic literature, gothic horror, and traditional folk stories. My work tends to exist at a playful intersection of fantasy and reality.

Caressa Layne earned her Bachelors in Studio Art, with a concentration in Metals from Ball State University (IN) in 2019 and has since continued to hone her practice, working with experimental materials, traditional metalwork, and textile techniques. Her work has been exhibited nationally.

Caressa works as a studio artist, as well as assisting in the gallery for Ombre Contemporary Jewelry Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

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Re||Amalgamation Seed Pod Pauldrons

Date of Creation: November 21, 2019

List of Materials: Natural objects, Pigments, copper, powdercoat, textiles, glass beads

Dimensions: 4" x 6" x 4"

Photographer's Name: Jamie Miles

Model's Name: (Left to right) Michaela Karcher, Lorraine Rodriguez, Bri Rooke, Lakin Nobbe, Caressa Miles

Conceptual Statement: This body of work calls attention to the very human compulsion to change the natural state of the environment around us--questioning what we find beautiful or worthy. I collect natural objects, then preserve and alter these materials with paints and pigments. I combine these elements using traditional metalsmithing and textile techniques. My aim is to shift the viewer’s perception of these mundane natural objects. I love the natural world and have always been inspired by plant lore and history, and hope to pass that admiration to the viewer. Bringing these objects to the body, and making them wearable, and dripping in color and beading and texture, these forms become treasures from a fantasy land.

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Re||Amalgamation Thistle Collar

Date of Creation: 21/11/2019

List of Materials: Natural Materials, Pigments, Copper, Powdercoat, Textiles, Glass BeadsSteel

Dimensions: 18" x 4" x 9"

Photographer's Name: Jamie Miles

Model's Name: Lakin Nobbe

Conceptual Statement: This body of work calls attention to the very human compulsion to change the natural state of the environment around us--questioning what we find beautiful or worthy. I collect natural objects, then preserve and alter these materials with paints and pigments. I combine these elements using traditional metalsmithing and textile techniques. My aim is to shift the viewer’s perception of these mundane natural objects. I love the natural world and have always been inspired by plant lore and history, and hope to pass that admiration to the viewer. Bringing these objects to the body, and making them wearable, and dripping in color and beading and texture, these forms become treasures from a fantasy land.

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Re||Amalgamation Pine Brooch

Date of Creation: 21/11/2019

List of Materials: Natural Materials, Pigment, Resin, Copper, Powdercoat

Dimensions: 6" x 5" x 4"

Photographer's Name: Jamie Miles

Model's Name: Lorraine Rodriguez

Conceptual Statement: This body of work calls attention to the very human compulsion to change the natural state of the environment around us--questioning what we find beautiful or worthy. I collect natural objects, then preserve and alter these materials with paints and pigments. I combine these elements using traditional metalsmithing and textile techniques. My aim is to shift the viewer’s perception of these mundane natural objects. I love the natural world and have always been inspired by plant lore and history, and hope to pass that admiration to the viewer. Bringing these objects to the body, and making them wearable, and dripping in color and beading and texture, these forms become treasures from a fantasy land.

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