ARTIST'S STATEMENTMy work is fabricated from sterling silver and 22k gold bimetal. My influences range from machine parts to architecture and industrial design. I strive for an industrial look that remains wearable, modern, and elegant.
I was born in Berkeley and grew up in both Cape Cod and the Bay Area. I attended universities in Washington State as well as Italy, studying both art history and studio art, before obtaining my B.F.A. degree in metal arts at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. I currently live in Emeryville and maintain a studio in Berkeley.
My interest in design—industrial and architecture especially—has influenced my work considerably. My current work focuses on freshwater pearls and oxidized sterling silver. These pieces are meant to evoke the feeling of steel and ball bearings, looking back to the machine age. I am attracted to these designs for their clarity of strength and simplicity.
VELVET DA VINCI SHOWS
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE
BFA Metal Arts, California College of Arts and Crafts, 1994
Studio Art and Art History, Scuola Lorenzo de Medici, Italy, 1989 to 1990
Fine Art and Art History, Pacific Lutheran University, 1988 to 1990
Bracelet Show, Taboo Studio, San Diego, 2006
De Cordova Gallery, Greenport, NY, 2006
Bracelet Show, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, NY, 2003 and 2006
West Goes East, YAW Gallery CCAC Alumni Exhibition, SOFA, 2004
Art of the Bracelet, YAW, 2003
Chess, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA, 2003
Suydam and Diepenbrock Bracelet Show, 2002
Sweden + USA, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, 1999
Elisa Bongfeldt and John Marcel, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA, 1999
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Award of Merit, California Works, California State Fair, 1995
Student Jury Award, Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference, 1993
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