Brooklyn jewelry maker Christine MacKellar calls her work “contemporary organic.” Her inspiration is nature, but she’s not interested in “literal representations.”
“Abstracting from this endless resource,” she said, “I fuse gold to silver in precise designs, and texture the patterned metal with a rolling mill to provide the material to fabricate the work. The work is then focused on dimensional form using a subtle color palate to create distinctive wearable jewelry.”
MacKellar uses sterling silver and 18K gold in shades of green, yellow and rose pink. She combines the different alloys for their color values, and she textures the surface using hammers, engraving tools and the rolling mill. She then forms the bimetal using anticlastic techniques, combining traditional metal working and stone setting to create striking, one-of-a-kind pieces.