Fiber

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…

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…

XS011 with Removable Brooch

“I explore space, movement and surface by layering materials in intricate patterns. My mixed-media pieces are a marriage of image and object, adorning the wall and the body. Using traditional techniques in unexpected ways, I carve and drill through painted…

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…

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…

Object of Transition: Home #1

Creating work on loss has given me a unique perspective on compassion and enduring love. I am using my past work on the topic of mourning and the loss of my brother as a springboard to look deeply at what…

Mow The Lawn: Path

My practice contextualizes the primitive energy that is submerged beneath the layers of mundane objects that have close relationship with the body. Even when the body is removed, the material uncovers the hidden intimate power of human body. The newest…

Second Thoughts II

My work questions the reaction to the failed or supplemented body. If it were not one of automatic recoil, how would our perceptions of the body differ, and to what societal effect? The work explores this through a series of…

Primitive

In my work, the jewelry reflects a metaphorical meaning of the emotional power of old and new and the human spirit. I am intrigued by the ritual that links the object and the wearer. I want to manifest the sacred…

The Great Gorilla

I am a hyper-creative human. My studio practice provides an outlet through which I can channel that over-abundance of energy into meaningful work that is fun for others to collect and wear. I am a practitioner and forever student of…

sequence (carved rosewood)

Influenced by nature and indigenous spirituality, my work explores the act of preservation in an often desperate attempt to safeguard and pause the natural cycle of time. By treating found natural elements with reverence, my intention is to restore a…

Nurture: The Big Hug

My work examines, reflects upon, and celebrates women: the role of mother, female friendships, societal boundaries, pressures, confines, beauty, relationships, family, and love. It is about honoring the work women do, about recognizing the traditions of female craft, about seeing…

Indigo and Marigold

This mixed materials necklace is a combination of hand crocheted silk bead forms and semi precious stone beads. I have dyed the silk with botanical dyes I have made from plants that I have grown or foraged. These special colors…

Big Stripe Necklace

It’s no accident I make textile jewelry. I love color you can feel. And I’ve been sewing all my life. In high school I could start a dress in the morning and wear it that night on a date. I…

Seed Starter

In my work, I explore an imaginary world that contains a crossover between human and plant-like conformations. These pieces often reference flowers whether native or exotic, trees, and root systems fictitiously enhanced to speak about connections we as humans share…

Metalsmith Dreams #2

Metalsmith Dreams #2 is part of a series of work using lips and/or eyes from images taken during museum visits over the years. The eye in this piece is from a marble bust of Justinian in the Vatican Museum. My…

Upcycled Collar of Handmade Ornaments

I upcycle mixed media such as fibrous pliable materials and precious metals reclaimed from prior projects into carefully crafted objects. My items are hand-sawed, pierced, delicately sewn with thread or connected by recycled silver elements to create a lasting object….

Epaulettes No. 01

Color Bound: born of a lengthy, notoriously unpredictable Bay Area commute, leaving me frequently in bumper to bumper traffic. Bored & scanning the stuff accumulated in the medians of the freeway, a rainbow of neatly bundled telecommunication wire in a…

Prickly Blue

Nature is the muse that instills in me a visual vocabulary of endless possibilities, that inform my aesthetics whatever form they take. From jewelry to teapots, or basketry to installations, all my pieces are sculptural studies—explorations of the structures, colors,…

Demand/Offer

Demand/Offer was made for an exhibition called “Paper Alchemy” which uses a laminated paper called Thurmanite, created by James Thurman. After I sanded and polished the surface of the Thurmanite, the only readable word was “Demand(ed).” I want to offset…

Silver Tribal Neck Piece

This piece is made out of silver foil printed spandex that is used in 2 different ways – stretched strings and sawn straps. Circled metal links are inserted inside by hand. It is lightweight (although it doesn’t look like it),…

Lonesome Hyacinth

You can put on a pretty face, and act like everything is fine. But the crushing weight of the world still holds up in the back of your mind. Tucked into the shadows, aching loneliness and sorrow; the feelings no…

Dimension Walkers

My name is Ellie Garvey and I am an Indianapolis-based jewelry artist and children’s book writer/illustrator. In both mediums, my work employs complex patterning, floral motifs, and the beauty of nature to evoke sentiment and promote a sense of well-being….

Sewer, trash and street02

The inspiration for this work comes from a Japanese novel No Longer Human. The story chronicles the miserable and despairing life stories of Ōba Yōzō from his early childhood to his late twenties. However, I find his sensitive, pure, and…

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