The cross-country artistic team of Steven Ford and David Forlano use polymers, sterling silver and other materials to create colorful, sculptural and coveted one-of-a-kind and small series statement jewelry. Their collaborative practice involves sending work between their Philadelphia and Santa Fe studios – and we get a peek into their workspaces with this video.
“While David's strength has always been to push color, pattern and surface in new directions, Steve is constantly fascinated by three-dimensional structures and how things fit together mechanically,” say the collaborators. “Throughout our collaboration, we have often looked to nature for inspiration. In seed clusters, shell formations, and flower buds, for instance, there are carefully organized parts which are arranged beautifully and made up of numerous, seemingly identical, but unique units. These exquisite structures lead us into new ways of envisioning a necklace, for example, both three-dimensionally and texturally. The work feels complete to us when the balance of elements – abstract and imagistic - comes into focus in some unusual way.”