"My jewelry is clean, contemporary, ergonomic, and flexible. I use simple textile techniques, with each piece incorporating its own frame as a loom. The "thread" is precious metal wire of various gauges, often with stationary or sliding embellishments. The making of the pieces can be practically a meditation as the continuous filament of metal flows through the hands. "
Tana Acton was born to artist parents and began her career as an artist and entrepreneur at shows when just 16. An entire life of experimenting with the creation of artful objects ensued. Through her unique perspective as designer/choreographer, the artist learned to combine air, movement, and light to create pieces that are at once delicate and yet solid.
Each piece is made from one continuous length of precious metal wire, wrapped around the frame which acts as a loom but stays with the piece as framing The pieces may have kinetic elements strung onto the wire or housed within the structure. The hands are the main tools required.
Tana Acton earned an Antioch College BFA in painting and completed the Parsons School of Design Fashion Design program. In Florence, Italy, she studied goldsmithing with Japanese master Tomaso. She explored modern dance and graphic design, all of which culminated in a unique perspective in jewelry design. She has been creating this style of jewelry for over 20 years.