Mixed Metal Jewelry
Shirley spent 40 years as a Research Scientist and University Professor, conducting cancer research and training the next generation of young scientists. Her greatest joy was waking in the morning with ideas on how to arrive at an answer to a vexing biological question. Now retired from university life, she has developed a second story in her life, polishing her artistic skills with the goal of transforming the beauty and mystery of biology into wearable art. Shirley is originally from Africa and she recalls this heritage in the Africa charm that has become her hallmark on each hand crafted bracelet.
Currently a student at Metalwerx in Waltham, Massachusetts, Shirley uses a variety of techniques in creating her pieces, just as she did while solving biological problems. Chain maille, the intricate interweaving of sterling silver and gold-filled rings, allows her to fashion frames for stones in necklaces, earrings and bracelets that feel more like fabric than metal. Keum boo, an ancient Korean technique that uses heat to burnish 24K gold onto fine silver, coupled with metal folding, forming and texturing, creates patterns rooted in biology and nature. Precious and semi-precious gemstones are nestled into silver or gold custom designed settings to create one-of-a-kind wearable art.
Shirley recently joined the community of artisans at Expressions, 132 Front Street, Scituate, MA 02055 (Expressionsscituate.com). Open 7 days a week, come in and look, touch and try on her fine jewelry! Open houses and community events are planned and scheduled throughout the year. Check out our website for details.