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Artist Bio

Dawna Gillespie is a metalsmith and jewelry designer from Lubbock, Texas.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from Texas Tech University. Dawna was only able to take one metalsmith class in her undergraduate studies. However, the first time she picked up a saw she was hooked. She has since found success as an internationally recognized and professional artist hand fabricating never-reproduced, statement adornments to defy a world inundated with mass-produced accessories. Raw copper and brass take shape using a jeweler's saw and techniques such as: piercing, etching, forming, forging, patinas, hammering, and stamping. The result is "wearable artworks" and adornments for the home" that are truly distinctive. Movements, such as Baroque and Art Nouveau, influence the style of her work; while examining the theories of femininity, fertility, domesticity, marriage, and sexuality.

In 2018, Dawna’s work was included in the October exhibition VisionMakers2018 at 108|Contemporary in Tulsa, Oklahoma; juried by Emily Zilber, the previous editor of Metalsmith magazine. Beginning 2019, Dawna was named the “Winter 2019 ~ Designer Collection” with a 10 page spread in the national publication of Belle Armoire Jewelry
In March, "Dissection" was juried into the national exhibition, Hidden Treasures: Enveloped Metalwork, juried by Don Friedlich, at the Craft Alliance Center for Art + Design in St. Louis, Missouri. Later in 2019, Dawna was 1 of 10 national artists selected for the national exhibition, Sydney Lynch Juried Jewelry Showat LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska.

2020 brought more success for Dawna GillespieShe was featured on the

49th season of Texas Country Reporter in September. Then in 2021, Gillespie was invited to exhibit in the Spring CraftBoston: Studs & Drops

by Society of Arts + Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts.

Spring 2022, Dawna was published in a 6 page spread in the

Texas Techsan: Texas Tech Alumni Magazine, her alma mater!

Ending 2022 through the beginning of 2023, she was juried into

CraftBoston Holiday by Society of Arts + Crafts. 2023 continues to prove Gillespie

is on the right path, as she had 3 pairs of earrings juried into the 10th edition of The Earring Show by Craft Council of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

2024 started off strong for Dawna, as 3 adornments were juried into

Resilient: Jewelry that Empowers, juried by Samantha Freeman, at Florida Craftart Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida. Forthcoming in May, Gillespie's studio will be featured, with a 9 page spread, in the international publication of

In Her Studio Magazine. In addition, Dawna was 1 of 50 international artists juried into the exhibition and publication titled,

The Nature of Imperfection: Jewelry and Adornment, juried by

Robert K. Liu Ph.D (Co-Editor, Ornament Magazine) and Bella Neyman (Co-Founder, NYC Jewelry Week) by the Society of Arts + Crafts in Boston.

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Along with these recognitions, Dawna is striving to make the world a more beautiful place; connecting never-reproduced adornments and beautiful souls together ~ one at a time.

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