Dina Varano 90 JM
Based in Chester, CT
Inspired by nature, Dina Varano's work has great sculptural integrity. Succeeding as a self-contained object of art, each piece is the full expression of her intuitive process. Her jewelry comes to life in a new way when worn, carefully articulated to create a harmonious balance with the body it adorns. Her artist's hand is deliberate, creating a rhythm of grace and movement. Dina's jewelry captures the essence and gesture of nature.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
I am inspired by nature. I begin my process by studying and drawing in charcoal. My goal is to capture this essence and gesture in metal.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
I spent my junior year in Rome with the EHP Program. Living in Italy and having that daily connection with art, design and culture and working independently in studio formed me as an artist.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
My new collection of necklaces,"Delicate Elements." They are distinctive creations to be worn on their own, yet they are also perfect for layering together at different lengths. These delicate elements in 14kt gold on sterling silver chains capture the essence of shapes found in nature.
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?
I am featured in a new book, Connecticut MADE, Homegrown Products by Local Craftsmen, Artisans, and Purveyor by Cynthia Parzych.
To see more of Dina's work, visit dinavarano.com