Maia Leppo Jewelry Pop-Up!
Shop with us Thursday evening May 5, 5-7pm in the Gallery Showroom. Visiting instructor and artist Maia Leppo is joining us from the Brew House Association in Pittsburgh, PA to teach a workshop in steel. She is an excellent teacher but you know she makes fantastic jewelry too! She is bringing a selection of new work not normally available in the gallery so this is the perfect chance to find something fresh for spring – maybe even find a Mother’s Day gift!
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 5-7pm in the Gallery SHOWROOM
Find details about the Gallery Showroom HERE.
See more of Maia’s work HERE.
Of her work, Mia writes:
My process is dictated by the limits that I place on myself: the source of inspiration, my process of design and creating, my use of materials, colors and mechanisms. The forms are inspired by botanical elements, abstracted and simplified to their most basic shape. I design much of my work on a 3-D rendering computer program called Rhinoceros, and then I either send my work to be laser-cut, or I cut it myself. I use silicone cord, steel tubing, and wire to create the finished piece of work. I restrict my color choices to the black, white, and the terracotta color of the industrial silicone. I am interested in scale, volume, movement and repetition and how the computer can help me explore these ideas.
The resulting work is an exploration of the intersection between the botanical and the industrial. Having the work be wearable is a primary goal, but I also want to push that idea and play on the balance between overwhelming and attracting the viewer. I do not want the wearer to look at the jewelry and immediately see a specific plant or flower, but to get the feeling that one gets when seeing or being surrounded by botanicals.