The algia in the word nostalgia is derived from the Greek work for “pain” or “ache.” The nost in the word means “homecoming.” I inject value into the interactive pieces that I create through repurposed imagery, iconography, material, and concept. My work combines familiar aesthetic and tactile elements of growing up, like the bright and shiny plastic of an action figure, or the shiny metal and silky pearls from an heirloom piece of jewelry. I compose these elements into bizarre objects and unexpected wearables. By interacting with their audience, my crafted commercial oddities question and satirize the deeply human experience of valuing a nostalgic object regardless of material worth. In doing so, I am seeking to trigger and inspect the comforting pain of coming home.
I am currently based in Lawrence, Kansas with my partner, Keith Sibley, while I pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas. This year will conclude my second year of teaching introductory classes to undergraduate metalsmithing students, the most recent of which was a beginner’s CAD course that I designed in order to help the department adapt to the conditions of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m an expert in Rhino 3D, proficient in most 3D modeling programs, and have six 3D printers for my at-home studio practice—on the other hand, I also prioritize utilizing many traditional metalworking techniques like hand-fabricating silver or gold settings and mechanisms. I’m passionate about cultivating a reciprocal relationship between the latest 3D technologies and traditional craft practices. Keith is my partner in both jewelry-making and in life. Together, Keith and I have over twenty years of jewelry experience. With my passion for community, art, and design, and Keith’s technical goldsmithing saavy, our short term goal is to build a fully-equipped jewelry studio in the Midwest. Until then, we are accepting occasional custom work, and are currently working toward launching an online shop with a full line of our own designs.
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The algia in the word nostalgia is derived from the Greek work for “pain” or “ache.” The nost in the word means “homecoming.” I inject value into the interactive pieces that I create through repurposed imagery, iconography, material, and concept. My work combines familiar aesthetic and tactile elements of growing up, like the bright and shiny plastic of an action figure, or the shiny metal and silky pearls from an heirloom piece of jewelry. I compose these elements into bizarre objects and unexpected wearables. By interacting with their audience, my crafted commercial oddities question and satirize the deeply human experience of valuing a nostalgic object regardless of material worth. In doing so, I am seeking to trigger and inspect the comforting pain of coming home.
I am currently based in Lawrence, Kansas with my partner, Keith Sibley, while I pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas. This year will conclude my second year of teaching introductory classes to undergraduate metalsmithing students, the most recent of which was a beginner’s CAD course that I designed in order to help the department adapt to the conditions of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m an expert in Rhino 3D, proficient in most 3D modeling programs, and have six 3D printers for my at-home studio practice—on the other hand, I also prioritize utilizing many traditional metalworking techniques like hand-fabricating silver or gold settings and mechanisms. I’m passionate about cultivating a reciprocal relationship between the latest 3D technologies and traditional craft practices. Keith is my partner in both jewelry-making and in life. Together, Keith and I have over twenty years of jewelry experience. With my passion for community, art, and design, and Keith’s technical goldsmithing saavy, our short term goal is to build a fully-equipped jewelry studio in the Midwest. Until then, we are accepting occasional custom work, and are currently working toward launching an online shop with a full line of our own designs.
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