Rachelle Thiewes

Rachelle’s jewelry is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Museums of Scotland, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Museum of Arts & Design, among others. Her work has been featured in many publications including Inspired Jewelry: From the Museum of Arts and Design, Jewellery in Europe and America: New Times New Thinking, One of a Kind: American Art Jewelry, American Craft and Metalsmith.

Rachelle was honored as a Texas Master in 2009 by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and received the Access & Excellence in the Arts award from the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts in 2014. She is the Metal Museum 2023 Master Metalsmith.

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Arc

Date of Creation: November 1, 2020

List of Materials: Steel, silver, auto paint

Dimensions: 6"x6"x7/8"

Photographer's Name: Rachelle Thiewes

Model's Name: Imelda Vaughn

Other Contributors: Imelda Vaughn (makeup) Rachelle Thiewes (stylist)

Conceptual Statement: My jewelry of recent years explores the pearlized and color-shifting auto paints used for those eye-catching custom jobs on low-rider and show cars. Graffiti, murals, and painted cars are all part of the visually and culturally colorful El Paso Juarez border where I live and work. The industrial area where I found this painted wall is gritty and vibrant - a perfect backdrop for the intense colors used on Arc.

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Arc

Date of Creation: 01/11/2020

List of Materials: Steel, silver, auto paint

Dimensions: 6"x6"x7/8"

Photographer's Name: Rachelle Thiewes

Model's Name: Imelda Vaughn

Other Contributors: Imelda Vaughn (makeup) Rachelle Thiewes (stylist)

Conceptual Statement: My jewelry of recent years explores the pearlized and color-shifting auto paints used for those eye-catching custom jobs on low-rider and show cars. Graffiti, murals, and painted cars are all part of the visually and culturally colorful El Paso Juarez border where I live and work. The industrial area where I found this painted wall is gritty and vibrant - a perfect backdrop for the intense colors used on Arc.

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