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. Dawna’s work was also 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 Show,
at LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska.
2020 has brought more success for Dawna Gillespie.
She kicked off the 49th season of Texas Country Reporter by being
the 1st story featured on the 1st episode that aired in September.
Then, Dawna was 1 of 3 Semi-Finalists in the “Fashion & Style” category
for the 2020 Texas Works Awards, presented by Go Texan!
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.