NONESUCH: The Jewelry of Hannah Long
Reception Sat. 10.3.15
Contemporary Jeweler Hannah Long creates bijoux based on concept, idea and theme. Working with a variety of materials, she conceives jewelry as a support for artistic expression in relation to the body. Her works shake codes and usages; moving jewelry from the head to the body. The modesty of her materials: rusted metal and others contrasts with the magnificence of the proposed pieces. Her collection shown at MOCA conveys a surprising articulation of an avant-garde jeweler.
I have a formal arts education but most of the things I love doing I gathered in a less academic arena. Collaborating with other artists/craftspeople, traveling extensively, and being curious about so many things have led to lots of learning, experimenting, and interests.
Over the years I have worked in various mediums such as clothing/textile design, printmaking, graffiti, and painting but my favorite sphere is metalsmithing. I love the alchemy of transforming rough stones, discarded or one dimensional metal,and found objects into beautiful, wearable works of art. I do most of my own lapidary (stone cutting) work. I am always thinking of different ways to upcycle and creatively reuse material or a previously loved item. I’m interested in additional techniques and will jump at the chance to integrate new and old techniques to create something fresh and different.
5% of proceeds go to help fund transitional housing for women in recovery.