"Tweet" Pendant in PMC
Twitter is an odd creature; love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. I started as a non-believer, but then I started “tweeting” fellow jewelers like Chris Wrinn of Gilded Owl Jewelry and started to think it's not for the birds.
Chris is an award-winning artist who hails from Milford, Connecticut. A commercial illustrator, she also makes one-of-a-kind sculpted PMC jewelry. Like so many of us, Chris turned to jewelry-making to relieve stress of handling persistently tight – indeed overwhelming - illustration deadlines. Her jewelry embraces the intrinsic realism of her vocation in drawing and rendering which can be seen on her website for her commercial art for clients like American Express and Doritos (yum!). I love the detail and playflness of her animal pendants. Sure, they’re “realistic,” but with a distinctively fun twist.
Copper Owl Pendant
Chris explains how she got into jewelry: “I knew I was going to be an artist from day one. After getting tired of drawing dinosaurs and horses for the first part of my life, I went into comics and on to fine & commercial art…Illustrating is a wonderful career, but I felt the need to start on another journey. I...learned from a master, Ray Cooper, who was taught & certified by Tim McCreight.”
Her creative process is based on the love of the process of creation: “I love and enjoy making jewelry and find myself totally lost in the process. Since I never want it to become 'a grind', and therefore no longer creative for me, I have a limited number of...pieces available. It's always a mystery to know in what direction my 'muse' will take me; or when.”
Chris ends each of her emails with an eye-opening, bird-loving quote: "Birds can't read pesticide signs on lawns, and therefore feed their young with poisoned grubs & insects." A gentle reminder to protect and celebrate nature...just as Chris' jewelry does. Thank you for sharing your playful passion with us.