Heather Guidero 02 JM
Based in Providence, RI
My jewelry consists of a series of geometric shapes inspired by elements of modernist design. I am interested in rendering drawings three dimensionally to explore volume, movement, and pattern. Using wire and sheet allows me to group the shapes into larger forms that are lightweight yet have a presence of their own. I primarily use sterling silver, high karat gold, and select stones when hand fabricating each piece. The materials and hand-applied finishes serve to accentuate the graphic nature of the designs.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
All things modernist - textile patterns, costume jewelry, furniture, and etc.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
Yes! I'm very fortunate to have been able to work in the fine/art jewelry fields since graduating from RISD in '02 with a BFA in jewelry + metalsmithing. From apprenticing as a goldsmith to working in jewelry galleries to designing and producing my own collections, I'm thankful for the connections I've made through RISD and the technical skills taught all those years ago in the Metcalf Building.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
One-of-a-kind pieces featuring unusual stones set in entirely hand-fabricated high karat gold.
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?
2016 Providence Design Catalyst Grant Recipient!
To see more of Heather's work, visit heatherguidero.com