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Ornament – Contemporary Jewelry with Joanna Powell

October 8, 2017 

Thoughts about Jewelry

What we choose to wear tells us a lot about a person. It’s a way to express our individuality and it just feels good to wear things we love. I never leave the house without earrings on. They are a staple in my everyday adornment.

I began making jewelry as a way to think about surface and to have a change of pace in the studio.  Scale influences surface. I found that with the small scale of the earrings, I gave myself more permission to get wild with pattern.  I draw inspiration for pattern from paintings, junk stores, and from looking around everyday. Making jewelry has allowed me to let go of the rules I’d given myself in my studio practice and play with an expanded palette.

To learn more about Joanna, check out her website:

Artist - Joanna Powell

Artist – Joanna Powell

Finished pieces

Finished pieces

Works in progress

Works in progress

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