Nancy Markel writes..."I create
contemporary jewelry for people who enjoy unique, creative
self expression. My work is handmade by me — limited
editions and one-of-a-kinds — in a spirit of spontaneity
with a focus on abstraction, color and organic forms.
My creative impulses are
influenced by the work of midcentury modernists, pop art,
and the abstraction of patterns and shapes in nature and
received a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston with a
concentration in painting and sculpture. I have come to
jewelry design later in life after having spent 30 years as
self-employed graphic designer.
The years of fine art and graphic design experience
have led to the passion I now feel creating handmade,
wearable art for people who enjoy self expression with a
unique and playful style. I
begin my design process with
drawings to create patterns and initial forms.
a variety of materials, methods, techniques and processes, I
create prototypes of my designs. I then cast these pieces to
which I often add more shape, texture, additional silver
elements, oxidation, and polymer clay."
New to the gallery are the jewelry boxes of Jack
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