Artistic Statement:

  My jewelry designs are executed in various metalsmithing techniques of hand fabrication or construction. The materials I use include 14 karat rose and yellow gold, precious, semiprecious

and ornamental gemstones. 

   Often the jewelry medium is thought of as only a craft. I find great satisfaction in combining the expressiveness of an artist with the technical skills of a craftsman. My designs are lyrical- an influence from my father, a classical musician. The flowery and organic lines reflect my feminine side. There is a "nod" to Art Nouveau and Art Deco in my style, a tribute to my Grandmother. The high polish and geometric forms are reflections of the age we live.

    It is the combination of these elements, built into 3-D wearable sculpture, that make my work uniquely my own.

 

Background:

  As a child I was always drawing, making things with whatever materials I could find. My mother always encouraged artistic expression. One funny story: she was so supportive that she proudly wore my earliest jewelry attempts (grade school) I made paper mache beads  painted red that left their mark around her neck every time she wore them!

  I studied metals at the University of Wisconsin Fine Arts. I owned and operated my own jewelry gallery early in my career. After years of that, I realized I needed more freedom. So I began exhibiting at national, regional, and local art shows and have been doing that full time for more than 20 years.

 

Awards:

Best of Show or 1st Place show at : Art Showcase/ Elgin, Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair/ Milwaukee, Edwards Place Fine Crafts Fair/ Springfield

2nd Place show: Edwards Place Fine Crafts/Springfield, Penrod Art Fair/Indianapolis

3rd Place show: Round The Fountain Art Fair/Lafayette

1st Place Jewelry or Best of Media: Summerfair /Cincinnati, Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts/Oconomowoc, Riverwalk Art Fair/Naperville, Art in the Barn/Barrington

Awards of Excellence: Artstreet /Green Bay, Crete Art Fair/Crete,ODC Best of the Season/Indianapolis

Honorable Mention: Las Olas Museum Art Festival/Las Olas, 57th Street Art Fair/Chicago

Nancy Krahn

jewelry design