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Kimberlin Brown

"Gravitating toward the beauty in nature, my passion is revealed through the unique, organic shapes I use in my designs as well as my reverence for natural aesthetics. When I immerse myself in the natural beauty of remote places, I return to my studio overflowing with ideas, sketches, handfuls of rocks, shells, dried leaves, and other found treasures ready to translate into jewelry. "

At a young age, Brown began collecting and sketching the flora and fauna found on walks in the woods and along the seashores in Connecticut where she grew up. A dew drop, a barnacle, a blade of grass—these natural objects are still the inspiration for her collections. The intricacy in the minute details is revealed in her one-of-a-kind pieces.

Brown creates in gold and silver. The first steps are either hand carving in wax or casting actual botanicals using the ancient lost wax technique. Then comes soldering, hammering, and coercing into forms. Brown's pieces come to life when she sets them with exceptional gems and pearls she acquires from around the world—stones as varied in color as a coral reef. Patinas, polishes, and a smile are the finishing touches.

During her formal training in fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago, Brown discovered her passion for sculpture and working with precious metals. She continued her studies in Europe: while traveling in Copenhagen, she participated in a workshop at Georg Jensen's studio, and while living in Tuscany, she apprenticed with master goldsmiths. She now resides in New York City.

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Iceland Ring, Museum of Art and Design, NY, 2012