Ann Cahoon is a designer-goldsmith living in northern Massachusetts. Her work is informed by the needlework of the women in her family, which surrounded her during childhood and led to her resulting youthful assumption that everyone "makes stuff." She continues to find inspiration in the world of textiles, from the graphic beauty of a charted knitting pattern to the play of pattern across an oriental rug.
Cahoon meticulously crafts each piece of her jewelry with traditional fabrication techniques. Loop-in-loop chain features in much of her work and is a process with repetition and rhythms much like the needlework that was such an integral part of her upbringing. All of her chain is made entirely by hand, link by link, using many of the same techniques that countless generations have used.
She considers herself extremely fortunate to have a diverse educational background. After receiving an honors double B.F.A. in jewelry and ceramics from the Maine College of Art in 1998, she continued her training at Boston's North Bennett Street School. She completed their prestigious jewelry making and repair program in 2002.
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