Edna Madera

"I find more meaning in fewer words, as long as they are chosen carefully. This is how I communicate verbally and three-dimensionally."

Edna Madera strives to create jewelry as sublime and absolute as the human body it adorns. Madera's work is hand formed and fabricated with fine and sterling silver, and embellished with 24 karat gold Keum-bo. Keum-bo is a Korean surface design technique in which gold and silver are fused together piece by piece using heat. Although the process is often unforgiving, Madera is able to use the process in a very precise and geometric fashion. By gently guiding the placement of the gold, Madera is also able to create graceful organic patterns that mimic nature.

Edna Madera's passion for jewelry was ignited near Dallas, Texas at Eastfield Community College, and a semester later at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 1997, she enrolled full-time at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where she received her BFA for metalsmithing in 2001. She then pursued her MFA at the School for American Crafts - Rochester Institute of Technology, where she also worked as a teaching assistant, instructor, and studio manager.