Meet the Artist - Daniel Koy

Daniel Koy

The Diver - On display at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island

Daniel Koy is an illustrator, sculptor, and scuba diver from New York City. Currently mostly working in metal and wood, he makes a range of work from traditional sculpture, to furniture. His sculptural work explores his interest in nature, environmentalism and the experiences had while scuba diving, while furniture and design work focuses on comfort, craft, and composition.

What interested you in being part of the Guidelines project?

I’m about to embark on a move across the country to live in California and I think this is the perfect opportunity to make some fresh work inspired by this major life change. Although I don’t have a traditional jewelers background, it’s always something I’ve been interested in so I am very excited to be a part of this project

Last, but not least, Daniel Koy is the final Artist joining in on the Guidelines project! When he responded to my call for artists, I was so happy to have someone on board who isn't traditionally a jeweler, but with his background in blacksmithing and welding fabrication, I knew he would bring an interesting twist to each guideline. I was first introduced to Daniel while I was visiting our mutual friend Emma Levitz at Salem Art Works where they were both Intern Artists in residence. The following year I was an Emerging Artist in resident at SAW, and we have kept in touch over the past couple of years as part of the SAW family. Can't wait to see what you create Daniel! 

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Meet the Artist - Georgina Trevino

Georgina Trevino

Georgina Trevino is a contemporary jeweler from Tijuana, Mexico currently living in San Diego, California. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Applied Design with an emphasis in Jewelry Making from San Diego State University in 2014.
Georgina Trevino’s work is a personal narrative and reflection of the nostalgic memories of unfinished architecture in Tijuana, Mexico. She incorporates industrial material local to the framework of Tijuana infrastructure into jewelry that discusses the dichotomy between conventional building material straddling the United States and Mexico border.
This recent work is an extension of her work by paying closer attention to color pattern and shape in relation to modern architecture and contemporary art movements she is surrounded by now. She uses techniques and materials like enameling, found objects, polymer clay, cement and other fun color techniques that relate to her cultural and architectural background.

What interested you in being apart of the Guidelines project?

"When given the same guidelines" Interested me and motivated me to work outside my jewelry routine of production. I look forward to the guidelines and follow along the other artists work & process and see how each artist approaches the guidelines with their own aesthetic during the following months. ;) "

Georgina Trevino is an artist who is on fire in the contemporary jewelry and fashion world. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Marie Claire Mexico, Pin-UP a magazine for Architectural Entertainment, Vogue Mexico, and publications such as ANIMAL No 26: Archivos and Contemporary Jewelry Exchange Vol. 2 - a  project created by Olga Raben to bring artists from all over the world who get paired and asked to create a unique contemporary piece of jewelry for each other. 

I'm so honored to have artists like Georgina excited about the Given Guidelines, and can't wait to see how she navigates the process for each Guideline. In a way, having her on board makes the project feel whole in the sense that we now have artists from across the country, from the east coast all the way to the west coast. I'm thrilled and excited about the possibilities that will unfold during the project and ready to discover the conversations between the work presented by each artist involved. Only 10 days before the making begins!

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Meet the Artist - Alanna June Robbins

Alanna June Robbins

Alanna Robbins is an artist and metalsmith based out of Boston, MA.  Her work centers around her own social, economic and romantic endeavors in an attempt to break down these social insecurities. Through the use of traditional metal construction, Alanna makes wearable adornments that require a performer and a bystander's interaction to not only activate the object but to create the public spectacle as well. Alanna is a Mass Cultural Council 2017 finalist in crafts and an Adjunct Instructor in Jewelry and Metals at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 

What interested you in being apart of the Guidelines project?

"While in an academic setting guidelines are like your "fish bowl", they are there for you to grow into, push up against, and when your ready, break down. They push you to create in a way that you otherwise wouldn't have, and ultimately this makes you learn more about yourself, and why you "make" the way you do. In the wake of my academic years, I have often found myself yearning for some constraints and DEADLINES! I'm not sure what I will end up producing during this challenge, but I am excited to find out!"

Alanna is one of my closest friends who constantly amazes me. Not only does she make crazy-cool work, Alanna is the perfect example of someone living the Artist Hustle. She teaches workshops at Metalwerx and also works as their marketing and special events coordinator, is a gallery educator for Family Programs at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, teaches night classes in the Jewelry department at MASSART,  and works as an artist assistant for Venetia Dale. I'm so happy she is going to find time to participate in this project. Alanna already sent me some sketches and ideas for the first guideline, so I know she's going to come up with some fantastic pieces! Who's excited!?!?!

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Meet the Artist - Melissa Gisele

Melissa Gisele

"As an artist, I work to create a collection of jewelry that evokes a sense of simplicity and flow. I am intrigued by the intimacy of jewelry making; from working closely with metal using tools, to the connection of the piece and the client. I want to create powerful jewelry that gives the wearer a feeling of comfort and confidence. Every piece is made with careful consideration of design and wearability.
My muse; the mountains, lakes, and rivers, constantly teach me the power of simplicity. The reflection of birds flying across a still lake. The zig zag pattern of snowy mountain peaks. The texture of ice accumulating on the roots of a tree cascading into a river. I am inspired by these moments in time so much so that I can feel like I can breathe more deeply when I am experiencing it. These moments are like fuel for my artwork. I highlight nature’s perfect curation of simplicity, repetition, and texture into my jewelry designs.
My current work is bold yet simple. I use clean lines followed by a beaded wire to create movement. Pointed slopes; like mountain peaks or the tip of a leaf, are prevalent throughout my work. I like to use circle and pear shaped stones because they convey a feeling of calmness. I am challenging myself in this new collection by cutting, shaping, and polishing the gemstones. I am also exploring new shapes and lines then previous collections. All of the metalsmithing is done using traditional techniques. Each gemstone is thoughtfully cut and polished to an exact shape; the metal work being the perfect vessel for the vibrant gem."

What interested you in being apart of the Guidelines project?

"After studying at MassArt and working in Boston, I packed my car and drove out to California. I followed my California Dream but left my art community I created in Boston. I live in a small mountain town now so I can create my art but also continue to explore the wilderness. I would never leave the mountains because I love to escape with my dogs whenever I please but the only downside is that I am hours away from art museums and galleries and there is literally no "art scene" where I live. I want to join this group to connect with other makers outside of my mountain bubble and continue to challenge myself with new projects and new ideas."

Melissa is another MASSART grad! I enjoyed reconnecting with her to find that we both left Boston and ended up living in much more rural areas, taking in the mountains around us and going on long hikes between working in our studios. It's a big change to go from living in a city full of art and people, to live far away from anything familiar. Everyone chooses their own adventure in life, and I've enjoyed watching her jewelry grow; her love of stones and little details of the outdoors like mountain peaks are translated through her hands into the wonderful wearable work she creates.   I can't wait to see how her surroundings inspire and or affect her work for each guideline. 

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Meet the Artist - Adriana Decastro

Adriana Decastro

What interested you in being apart of the Guidelines project?

"I have found that life after academia is very unstructured and so when I read “When given the same guidelines” I thought YES. It brought me right back to SoLewitt’s large scale work which inspired me at MASS MoCA. I feel as though this Guidelines project not only gives us the structure we all used to thrive under but also brings us together as a creative community. Starting my wearable jewelry line and selling at shows has taken up a lot of time physically and mentally. I need to remember what I love about jewelry so much so I can continue to be inspired to make meaningful work and I believe this project will be a perfect start."
"A jeweler + metalsmith + knitter + overall maker, and 2016 graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston where I studied and received my BFA in Jewelry + Metalsmithing. I work part time at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA where I teach jewelry workshops.
My work is informed by a combination of organic and geometric forms and textures. I am drawn to opposites and oppositions, especially the push and pull between forces. I examine their coexistence and how that might transform one another. Angles-curves, dark- light, open-closed, artificial-natural. Symmetry has also been a strong aspect in my work. I recently became interested in making objects that have movement or are intended to be touched, held, or manipulated."

When I read Adriana's response to the question I asked each artist, about why they are doing the project, I said "Yes!" and did a little fist-pump. This is because the second post of this blog I wrote about how a friend of mine showed me Sol LeWitt, whose instructions when I shared my ideas on this project. I've definitely gotten inspiration from his work as this project has developed, so I'm happy the Guidelines made Adriana think of Sol LeWitt's work as well. Adriana currently works in the Admissions/ Museum Shop, as well as an Instructor at the Fuller Craft Museum. 

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Meet the Artist - Shea Mizuno

Shea Mizuno

Shea Mizuno creates work out of precious metal and gemstones in a way that is unconventional, experimental and organic. She currently lives outside of Boston, MA, and is a recent alumni of Massachusetts College of Art and Design with two degrees in Jewelry/Metalsmithing and History of Art.
Shea began making jewelry after taking a Beginning Metalsmithing class as an elective her first semester at MassArt, which she attended with the intention of majoring in photography. During this class, she instantly fell in love with the medium of metal.  In her journey, she found that allowing the material to react to influence, such as flame, allowed her to give up some control in what is traditionally a highly controlled craft.  This let her dispel both negative and positive energy through her work, which she finds both therapeutic and cathartic.  It lets her connect with, and understand, the natural chaotic tendencies of material and surrounding world, in a way she never thought possible.
All of her jewelry is completely handcrafted by herself, which gives her absolute artistic freedom to make all of the decisions regarding her designs, as she often works intuitively. Due to the melting techniques she has developed in her jewelry practice, many of her pieces are one-of-a-kind, and  will always remain to be completely unique.
"I recycle memory, experience, and material in the making of my jewelry in a way that is cathartic for me as the maker.
Taking the idea of historical palimpsest, I begin my process by taking raw materials and transforming them into more usable materials. Through this, the significance gets reset, and a place for new interpretation and meaning can be added.
I then make an object that is inspired by memory.  These memories can come from either dreams or experiences which I have replayed over in my thoughts, and seem significant enough to have had a major impact on my life.  The form of the object depends on the memory. 
What happens next is brutal, yet cathartic: I destroy it. I use this destruction as a way to release emotions associated with the object.  Through this process, I cannot control how the end result will look, as I cannot completely control emotion and experiences I have had.  Each work retains traces of information of what it was before. This is done as many times as I see fit, through recreation and destruction.
I then take these new objects and make them into jewelry.  For me, this is a way to give these objects new life as an object of preciousness, for though the memory associated with them has caused pain or emotional distress, they are still extremely important to me, as part of the memory has been erased to make way for the new. I believe that negative emotion and experiences are part of who a person is, and that negative experience and memory in one’s personal history can be eventually converted and recycled into positive and constructive experiences because of the knowledge gained about oneself and the world."

Shea, another awesome MASSART alumni! I was always so impressed by Shea while we were in the Jewelry & Metalsmithing department together, double majoring in History. Her work spoke with rich influences from history and eventually evolved to a process in which she makes little pieces of history through what she explained as recreation and destruction. Shea has been setting up at the SOWA Outdoor Market in the South End in Boston since May 2017. She was also a featured artist as part of RAW Boston 2016, and shared a joint booth with Adrianna DeCastro at the Boston Home Show in the Seaport Convention Center 2017. 

What interested you in being apart of the Guidelines project?

"I am interested in this project because I like to challenge myself with working within a set of parameters set by another, as opposed to parameters set I normally would set for myself. It will be fascinating to see what I, and others, come up with intuitively within the rules of this project, and whether I embrace, or rebel, against them."

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