Ree lives in Chadd's Ford, PA--Andrew Wyeth country--but was first introduced to jewelry while studying in Florence.
Actually, in undergrad I was a studio arts/ painting major.I travelled to Florence to study painting and stumbled into the jewelry program.I loved to buy jewelry, so I decided to try my luck at designing my own work! Italy seems like so long ago now, but I am definitely influenced by contemporary European work, be it by Italiana, Germans, Swedes, Finns.
I am influenced by Tone Vigeland's jewelry and Arlene Fisch. I love the sculpture work of Eva Hesse. I'm also very influenced by tribal and ancient cultures' designs and handwork.
Tell us about your inspiration for your "nest", "spiral" "orbit" and "moonrock" designs?
I suppose it is in releasing my need to control a piece to the universe. I find beauty in creating these pieces comes when they find a home and very often I'm surprised by the home (i.e. from sixteen year olds to sixty year olds from all walks of life and styles!)
What do you find most challenging about balancing the creative work with having a successful business?
What advice do you have for fledgling jewelry designers?
Don't give up.Take your designs to the public as often as possible to see what sells, what the public thinks of the work, how it hangs, the size, price, etc.
Ree's unusual, one-of-a-kind work was chosen for the Friedrich Becker Prize Exhibition and her limited production work has been featured in the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, NY's New Museum of Contemporary Art and New Orlean's Ogden Museum.
It was a pleasure meeting Ree!
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