As a child I remember being fascinated by colors and movement.
Seeing rainbows of color float along the walls all around me from the
stained glass window above me. In college I pursued art and design,
which led to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in graphic
design, industrial design and photography and have been working as
a graphic designer for over 30 years. Working to express clients wants
and needs in a 2 dimensional printed expression. I have always felt my
design work was like a treasure hunt—the pieces were hiding and I had
to find them and put them together in a way that worked to create the
collateral material that would do the job for the client. I have continued
with activities related to creating and making things — but always visual
things never with the written word, only images, visuals, color, shapes
using many different materials.
All wire is sterling silver or gold filled .
All wire work is cold , there
is no soldering. The only tools used
are pliers, a hammer and my hands.
Lynn Merchant, wireworking: 1998, Beads 1 & Chain of Events;
1999, Pins; 2001, Findings; 2002 Baskets & Tassels
Arline Fisch, Knitting and Crochet in Wire, 2002
Stephanie Sersisich, Spiny-Knotted Bracelet, 2005
Ati Johansen, The Joseph Albers Color Theory Workshop, 2000
Robin Atkins, finger woven treasure necklace, Tibetan technique, 1996
The Longs, wireworking, 1995
Kansas City Art Institute, 1967-1970, BFA
Southern Illinois University, 1965-1967
Buckminster Fuller left a lasting influence
Highland Park High School, 1961-1965
Harriet Drisieger, enamel and silver jewelry classes
Gallery 60035, Highland Park, IL, 2005
Frederick Prete Ltd., Highland Park, IL, 1982-1985
selected group exhibits:
BSGC, Chicago, IL, Art of Beadwork,
1998 thru 2003, spring & fall 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Gallery 60035, Highland Park, 2005
Art On The Lawn, Rockford, IL, 2000, 2001
Cuneo Museum, Libertyville, IL, Wearable Art and Jewelry, 1993, 1994
Temple Beth El, Northbrook, IL, Art Fest, 1985, 1993
Kemper Insurance, Summer Fest, 1985
Temple Judeha Mitzpah, Skokie, IL, 1985
At this time I am working with sterling silver and
gold filled wire to create intricate wirework
components, jewelry and sculpture. I use pliers,
mandrel and wire with my fingers to create beads
of many forms. I do not solder my work, it is all
cold worked to form and shape the various parts.
I combine my wire work with glass and metal beads,
semi-precious beads, natural materials (shells,
wood, glass) and lamp worked glass beads.