Artist Statement

When surveying society, there is a realization of the excessive need in identical and mass-produced accessories. Transcending the allure of simply adorning the body, my artwork consciously explores the illumination of personal presentation

and facilitates an individual expression.

 

As a metalsmith, I hand fabricate never-reproduced adornments to defy a world inundated with mass-produced accessories. Furthermore, I use symbolism to share details of my soul through: the intensity of colors and texture, hand drawn designs and motifs, significance of scale, and rarity of the piece itself. These lightweight and wearable artworks are hand fabricated from raw copper and brass using a jeweler's saw and techniques such as: piercing, patina, oxidation, etching, hammering, forming, forging, stamping, and cold-connecting.

 

I truly believe that my pieces "connect" with the wearer and whenever a person places a piece of my art on their body, or in their home, our souls are forever joined through the energies of shared space and time.

 

With an unwavering purpose to restore and reunite: individuality, reverence to craftsmanship, and the world's intrinsic beauty; I am connecting never-reproduced adornments and beautiful souls together, one at a time.

dawna.m.gillespie@gmail.com

806-474-3429

Lubbock, TX

All text, logos, images, and website design are © Dawna Gillespie

All photographs by and © Dawna Gillespie

All model photographs by and © Monica Bartels Photography

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