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Thea Izzi

My creative process is a combination of instinct, discovery and letting ideas evolve and come to fruition as I work. The act of creating jewelry in itself is often where new ideas are born. I am drawn to geometric forms that are balanced and still retain a feeling of joy. I like to make bold, sculptural designs while paying attention to wearability, contrasts in color and the play between positive and negative space.

While I was a RISD student, I participated in a study abroad program in Italy. I was ignited by Rome’s rich architectural history and discovered my love of ancient, classical and modern sculpture. These became sources of inspiration that later found an outlet in the smaller more accessible format of jewelry. The work of modernist sculptors such as Brancusi and Noguchi and the Italian jewelry artist Giampaolo Babetto inspire me to distill each form to its essential
geometry.