Upcycled Collar of Handmade Ornaments

Patricia Sullivan


Mount Laurel, New Jersey, United States

9 x 6.25 x .25 inches

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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. Ornamental links are drawn digitally first in Illustrator software before templates created are applied to the fibrous upcycled material. The individual links of this collar/necklace are then hand-cut with a jeweler’s saw. With these new objects designed and cut by hand, I hope to transform them into useful objects and thereby prevent their disposal. It’s the perfect process combination of digital-meets-the-handmade.

Patricia Sullivan is a metalsmith based in New Jersey for the past 15 years. Ms. Sullivan has exhibited her artwork nationally, including the National Liberty Museum, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum and the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) as part of Metalsmith Magazine's "Exhibition in Print - Moved by Metal" curated by Wendy Steiner.

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