Meet the artist - Dan Lynch

Dan Lynch

Dan Lynch is an artist currently working in Chicago, IL. He graduated from the Metalsmithing & Jewelry Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2016.

Pipe Earrings

Vent Brooch

I was happily surprised by the amount of friends/past studio mates from college that wanted to participate, and Dan Lynch is one of the many MASSART alumni in the Guidelines project. Many, like myself, have moved away from Boston and left that inspiring environment provided to us at MASSART.  Sharing studio space with other artists in or out of college can help push us as artists to create more work, collaborate, and take chances. I have a strong memory of Dan in the J&M studio of him hard at work at his bench, ear plugs in, looking determined to complete something new! He is very experimental, on top of making beautifully crafted sterling silver pieces, Dan works with materials such as resin, grout, gouache, and found objects. Dan is not afraid of color and making fun, but beautiful work. Im looking forward to see what he comes up with!

Blue Brooch

What interested you in being apart of the Guidelines project?

"Outside of school, I have found it hard to stay motivated and inspired to produce new, thoughtful work. When I do sit down to make something new, I often shut down an idea that doesn't feel worth it. I am participating in this project as a reason to loosen up and embrace the surprises that come up in the making process. By following the guidelines Brie has put in place I plan to spend less time worrying why and more time thinking about what."

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Time to meet the Artists - Monique Rancourt

Monique Rancourt

I'm very excited to announce the first artist participating in the Given Guidelines project, Monique Rancourt. On top of creating her stunning sterling silver jewelry as an independent artist, selling at craft shows around the country, Monique runs her own Artisan Gallery in Waltham, MA.  Monique Rancourt Artisan Gallery showcases around 20 other contemporary Jewelers, and over 15 other artists working in various mediums from ceramics to handmade clothing. She has also held various jewelry exhibitions in her gallery including her holiday earring show, "Ornaments for the Ear" in 2016, and 2017. I had the pleasure of interning then working for Monique for just under 4 years in and out of undergrad at MASSART. She is truly inspirational, and I can't wait to see what she creates for each Guideline! 

Oceanic cluster cuff

"I think of jewelry as sculpture for the body. I tap into my love of the traditional adornment of Africa and Eurasia. Using  sterling silver that add impact without much weight. The feel, sound, and movement of these multipart necklaces, bracelets, and rings allow a flexibility that responds to how they are worn. I want to create dynamic, contemporary forms that feel uniquely powerful and inspiring to the individual wearer. Combining traditional metalsmithing techniques in precious metals, my completed pieces create an alchemy of pattern, texture, and fragments of memory and call to mind the transformation of nature over time. Intricate groups of repeated elements that shift in size create an overall organic composition, with detailed textures. These repeated forms build up to a larger scale and a more dramatic impact to establish an urban, contemporary edge."

Oceanic cluster necklace

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What interested you in being apart of the Guidelines project?

"I really wanted to work on this exciting project to force me to think outside of my comfort zone. I also enjoy the camaraderie that happens when artists come together for an exhibit. Especially in the jewelry world, such a rarity."

Cascade Collar

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