I’ve been making jewelry, on and off, for most of my life. The journey started with a 3 year jewelry metalsmith and lapidary workshop in my high school! For 4 years, I made jewelry with gold, silver, and gems. I then moved on to many other art forms: painting, music, photography, sculpture, making jewelry from time to time along the way. In 2012, I took it up full time.
I have expressed my art with many mediums including music, painting, photography, pencil, pastels, paper, fabric, cement, and clay. More recently, I was looking for a way to translate the symbolic imagery I had created in my paintings and cement bas reliefs. Making three-dimensional jewelry became a way to accomplish that goal.
I now design and make by hand one-of-a-kind and limited edition earrings, necklaces, and bracelets using the techniques of metalsmithing, metal clay, and beading. I often mix metals, and techniques while focusing on elegant design and fine detail. I work with sterling silver, the colorful metal clay alloys of bronze, brass, copper, and steel, and PMC to create designs evoking the splendor of nature…moons, stars, seeds, cells, leaves, sun rays, birds, crescents, spirals, and more. Semi precious gems, stones, and seed beads often play a role in my work.
Personal embellishment is an essential part of what makes us human and my efforts with metal clays have allowed me to create pieces that express the wearer’s mood and sense of self. Wearable art becomes part of a person’s declaration of self-identity. The wearer can connect with others and communicate something about themselves.
You can learn more about my art including sculpture, painting, archival prints, and photographs by going to gibsonarts.com