“I create contemporary jewelry to inspire unique, creative self-expression,” says Nancy Marland. “Each piece of limited edition and one-of-a-kind jewelry is handmade by me in my Massachusetts studio. I work in a spirit of spontaneity with a focus on abstraction, color and organic forms. I am influenced by the work of midcentury modernists, decorative arts, and the abstraction of patterns and shapes in nature and everyday things. The process of design really excites me. The ultimate design challenge is bringing life and joyful energy to work that’s cohesive, well-made, and above all — comfortable to wear!”
The contrast between precious metal and polymer clay is at the heart of her work – the shiny, reflective quality of silver against the colorful, patterned, matte polymer – bridging the organic with the man-made, with one foot in the natural world and the other modern and whimsical.
Nancy received a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston with a concentration in painting and sculpture. She came to jewelry design later in life after having spent 30 years as a self-employed graphic designer. Living near the ocean along with a lifetime of experience working in a variety of disciplines – landscape painting, ceramics, quilting, fine woodworking and graphic design – have all informed the passion that shines through in her work.
Be sure to visit Nancy’s online shop.
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