Nancy Worden

Atelier Nancy Worden

"In all of my jewelry pieces, I strive for beauty and comfort. When a woman wears my work, I want it to say, "I'm beautiful, smart, and I won't be ignored." I start with what is physically comfortable to wear and add American artifacts: typewriter balls, hair curlers, and ball chain are carefully transformed to say ancient, valuable and unique."

Nancy Worden's jewelry is an exploration of materials from modern American culture intertwined with an intensive study of the history of jewelry design from around the world.

Her work is inspired by cultural observations and the challenges of everyday life.

Nancy Worden began making jewelry in high school and majored in art at Central Washington University. After finishing her MFA from the University of Georgia, she worked in manufacturing for five years where she honed her skills as a bench jeweler. In 1995, with funds from a commission for the City of Seattle, she taught herself to electroform and has been experimenting with it ever since.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Loud Bones: The Jewelry of Nancy Worden, Tacoma, Washington, USA, Tacoma Art Museum, 2009
Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry, New York, New York USA, Museum of Arts and Design, 2008-9
Ornament As Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry From the Helen Williams Drutt Collection, Houston, Texas, USA, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2007
Jewelry By Artists: The Daphne Farago Collection, Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2007
Artist Trust Fellowship Recipient, Seattle, Washington USA, Seattle, Washington, 2006
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, 2006
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas, Houston, Texas, USA, 2002
Stedelijk Museum s'Hertogenbosch, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2000
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, Seattle, Washington USA, 1998
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York, New York, New York USA, 1996