Maria Eife

Maria Eife is a Philadelphia-based jewelry artist. She received a BFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art in 2000. She has since been building a practice rooted in both digital and traditional craft. Maria has exhibited across the United States and in Europe, including the Smithsonian Craft Show, Sieraad Art Fair and Jewelers’ Werk Galerie. She co-founded JV Collective in 2016 and the group has exhibited at Munich Jewelry Week, New York City Jewelry Week and at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. In 2017 she won the Excellence in Jewelry Prize at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Her work has been published in Lark Books 500 Felt Objects, American Craft Magazine, Maternal Journal and Metalsmith Magazine.

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oLDeR aNd gOLdEr

Date of Creation: February 1, 2021

List of Materials: 10k gold

Dimensions: .25" x .25" x 16" long

Photographer's Name: Maria Eife

Model's Name: Maria Eife

Other Contributors: JV Collective (curatorial collaborators) In response to JV Collectives’ Fall 2020 curatorial project In-School Suspension, members of JV Collective dredged up their own feelings of nostalgia and angst for a time in life that is often messy and transformative: High School. Each member reflected on those formative years and the items that once adorned their bodies. This series of work, Homeroom, is a snapshot of adolescence and made its virtual debut during Munich Jewellery Week 2021.

Conceptual Statement: A recreation of my favorite chain necklace purchased from the dELiA*s catalog in high school, made with gold from my partner’s class ring and other family jewels.

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oLDeR aNd gOLdEr

Date of Creation: 01/02/2021

List of Materials: 10k gold

Dimensions: .25" x .25" x 16" long

Photographer's Name: Maria Eife

Other Contributors: JV Collective (curatorial collaborators) In response to JV Collectives’ Fall 2020 curatorial project In-School Suspension, members of JV Collective dredged up their own feelings of nostalgia and angst for a time in life that is often messy and transformative: High School. Each member reflected on those formative years and the items that once adorned their bodies. This series of work, Homeroom, is a snapshot of adolescence and made its virtual debut during Munich Jewellery Week 2021.

Conceptual Statement: A recreation of my favorite chain necklace purchased from the dELiA*s catalog in high school, made with gold from my partner’s class ring and other family jewels.

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