Bio & Artist Statement - Ilana Krepchin

I have a BA from Hampshire college in Photography and Anthropology, and extensive training in jewelry making from a number of venues including the Decordova Museum.  Post-college I worked as the Associate Director of a small non-profit arts collaborative, running teen photography programs.  During that period, I also took a lot of jewelry making classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and Metalwerx.  When I left that job, I decided to immerse myself in the world of jewelry production and craft shows.  I worked for many years as a studio manager and production assistant for an established jeweler; and then went out on my own.  And here I am.  I love it.

Artist's Statement
All of my jewelry is hand-made. My creations combine a sense of fun and purpose with essential interests from my past. As a kid, I wanted to be an architect when I grew up - now I make miniature buildings. I've always been drawn to mathematical concepts - now they inform my art, as in the miniature mobius strips and fractal jewelry I make. I have been a photographer for many years, accumulating piles of photographs that I could never throw away - now I chop them up and set them or transfer them to silver and etch their likenesses. I love texture, color and unusual forms. All of this comes together  as "sculpture to wear"