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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 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 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 the

49th season of Texas Country Reporter in September. Then, Dawna ended

the year as 1 of 3 Semi-Finalists in the “Fashion & Style” category for the

2020 Texas Works Awards, presented by Go Texan! 2021 continues to be successful for Dawna: exhibiting in the Spring CraftBoston: Studs & Drops

by Society of Arts + Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts

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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.