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 a 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 a lightweight wearable artwork that is 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 April 2018, she was chosen as a finalist for the
2018 International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards
competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; juried by James Carter, Michael Sturlin,
and Hazel Wheaton. In September 2018, two of her adornments were juried into the international exhibition, Cold Connections, at Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania. In addition, Dawna’s work was included in the October exhibition VisionMakers2018 at 108|Contemporary in Tulsa, Oklahoma; juried by Emily Zilber, the editor of Metalsmith magazine. Gillespie was a participating artist in the 2018 Take in the Local Color! Lubbock’s Artist Studio Tour in early November; her work was featured on the front cover of the 2018 brochure.
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. Most recently, two of her adornments were juried into Celebrating American Craft: Southern Style; opening in September at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. In addition, Dawna is 1 of 10
national artists selected for the forthcoming national exhibition,
Sydney Lynch Juried Jewelry Show, at LUX Center for the Arts in
Lincoln, Nebraska; debuting November 2019.
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.