"Amanda Deveney graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2015 with a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Her work has been shown in MASSART school shows as well as a pop up gallery that was a part of the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in 2015. Her work plays with the idea of juxtaposition, or layering of multiple of ideas that seemingly would not go together at first glance. Although she has a love for metals, metal is not always the focus of her pieces. By using objects or materials that one would easily overlook she creates fantastical pieces that test the idea of what jewelry is and what it can be made of. Currently her work has been a mixture of media to create vibrant and colorful images that reflect her feelings and surroundings. In the last two years while being a maker of art she has worked full time as a production jeweler for Jareds the Galleria of Jewelry. Creating custom pieces, repairing and breathing life into old and new pieces."
Amanda is another artist from MASSART! I got the opportunity to catch up with Amanda over the phone recently, and she told me how hard it had been for her not having her own studio space, or let alone anytime to really work on her own jewelry. She just got her own torch set up, and is starting to get a basic studio set up started. She then told me that she had been thinking a lot about how she really wanted something to happen that would somehow push her to make some new work, and then right around the same time she saw my call out for artists to be apart of a project! I'm so happy she is excited about the project, and I'm happy I was able to provide that push for her through the Guidelines! It was cool that Amanda shared some mixed media drawings with me alongside a recent ring she has created. Some of the guidelines are open in ways where each artist can choose whether or not to use metal with or without other materials, or not to use metal at all! I have a feeling Amanda might give us a mixture of materials in her work, and I can't wait to find out!
What interested you in being apart of the Guidelines project?
"I was drawn to this project specifically because I wanted to reconnect with other artists and friends. It has been too long since I been involved in the artist community."