Mary Raivel

Baltimore, MD

Inspired by mid-century modern design, I strive to capture the line, color and playful elegance of that era in my Ellipses series. I hand-sand the exposed metal surfaces to create a brushed finish, and make subtle use of bright color--on interior surfaces--that are nonetheless visible to the wearer and viewer. Movement is an important element as well. Most pieces are either comprised of separate components that move independently, or the design itself provides a sense of movement. All pieces are hand-fabricated from fine silver, sterling silver, or other metals, which I solder and form. I often use nylon-coated steel beading wire as a connector of elements within pieces. Although it is a material not usually meant to be seen, I find it interesting in its own right. I hand-apply enamel spray paint to the interior surfaces.
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