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Electric Broomstick

I made a short film to satisfy our project with Gijs Bakker and Louise Schouwenberg at MASieraad. Because of general and personal grief, my head and body only wanted to be on and in the ground. “Electric Broomstick” grew from…

A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering

The motif of the longboat sailing through rough seas is indicative of the struggle to forge ahead through life’s myriad difficulties, while seeking out happiness and new opportunities on the horizon. It takes courage and determination to navigate the seas…

Many Faces

As a gay, person of color, most of my life has been a game of translation. I looked at life (and myself) through the lens of others. In my most recent series of self-portraits, I seek to explore my identity…

Talisman V.2

Talisman V.2 is a brooch made of sterling, mammoth (extinct) ivory, and a computer chip. The talisman is intended to protect the wearer from the predations from the digital world inflicted by other users as well as the hardware and…

Contact Cluster: a stack of five rings

Upon each of these rings balances a hollow-fabricated form, made by silver-soldering and gold-soldering up to 30 elements together, mastered from units originally fabricated in metal wire and granules. The completed forms are geodesic spheres, and abstracted extensions of them,…

VOTE

This brooch celebrates the pioneering forces of the women’s suffrage movement. The passing of the 19th amendment was the beginning of a much longer fight that we continue to this day. VOTE and continue the activism of diverse women in…

Palmetto Memories

Fabricated from Sterling Silver embellished with 24K Gold Keum boo. This piece is inspired by the palmetto plants that fascinated me as a child.

Stratum

This necklace, titled Stratum, is inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement and the wonderful patterns created by William Morris. The Arts and Crafts movement was a response to industrialization, which was powered by coal. This pattern is a minimalist…

Garden Reflections: Rain Forest

As a Metalsmith, my work deals with the passage of time. Using the imagery of transport, passage or renewal, it becomes a metaphor for navigating life. In this sculptural vessel, that journey is illuminated by sterling silver, pearls, nickel silver,…

Collective

The part of life that continues to fascinate me most is how human beings affect each other. I’m especially curious about the strength and beauty of the collective. What roles people will play, how they’ll interact, and what they’ll contribute…

I am the North

I am the North, 2021 [Sterling silver and repurposed acrylic] [Circunis and Ursa Minor] As the needle in the compass is true to the north, what is rightfully mine is true to me. I am the North! – from Florence…

In Simulacra 1, Edition 2

This brooch is a flexible chainmaille structure of hand carved mother of pearl and vintage cutlery handles. I was initially compelled by the visual qualities of mother of pearl; the smooth, lustrous nacre being evocative of the Art Deco period…

FallLeaf

Sandra uses shell-forming, fold-forming, and raising techniques to create graceful forms that follow the patterns of nature. The tension between the stamina and fragility in nature inspires her work. The clean lines and rugged textures she creates reflect the endurance…

Biology of the Strange VI

There is something both mysterious and straightforward in the creation of any artwork. This duality fascinates me, and over the years my creative process has evolved to take advantage of the intersection of chance and purpose. Processes such as electroforming…

Discorectangle #4

My ongoing creative research investigates digital design and manufacturing technologies in combination with traditional craft practices. Most recently, I have focused on CNC milling as a process to complement the design aesthetics, workflow and techniques used in my blacksmithing and…

Wedding Ring

My recent work explores human relations and their inherent complexities. I believe that absurd extremes can make us see complex issues in a different context and, on occasion, be amusing. I frequently use humor to address issues that I see…

Rags to firmly ensconced in a middle class life

Rags to firmly ensconced in a middle class life : peddlers bell necklace What we choose to convey from one place to another – what we choose to keep and keep close to us – is a direct expression of…

Charmed I’m Sure…and Other Things I’ve Lost Track Of

From the series “Of Rust and Roses”, “Charmed, I’m Sure . . . and Other Things I’ve Lost Track Of” is a sculptural charm garland that incorporates objects that physically and aesthetically represent Eastern North Carolina to me. It’s meant…

Woodland Splendor Ring

I work in series and the most recent jewelry collection, Flow of Time Series, is inspired by nature. I grew up in the Midwest amongst the rugged landscape of woodlands, hills, and cold water streams. My inspiration comes from an…

Los Angeles: Olvera Street

My research is influenced by the locations I have lived or visited. My works are inspired by my experiences traveling, and the roads that take me from one place to another. I use materials taken directly from the street showing…

Wheezy, Queasy, Uncomfortable: Nervous Girl

Emily Pellini’s work can best be described as a combination of narrative, lines, and a lot of glitter. While pieces share concepts of trauma, family dysfunction, and shame, they are tied together in delicately lined patterns, illustration, and hand-lettered text….

Ligare: Cage: Luck

What is jewelry and what does jewelry do? What is the literal and conceptual structure of jewelry? What are the ‘bones’ that support the efficacious ability of jewelry? Ligaments attach bones to bones and allow bodies to move, contract, and…

Nouveau Blossom

The more experience I have on this earth, the more I am aware of how we are all connected. We are connected through friends/acquaintance, our favorite places to visit, our families, our chosen families, our daily routines, but most importantly-…

First Aid: Famine

My work incorporates a variety of mediums including metal, wood, glass, and found objects. I employ traditional techniques to produce sculpture that evokes items of manufacture while attempting to bring humor and frank attention to issues of global importance and…

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