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Volume 24, Number 5 — May 2017

Wearable Art: Stunning Works by Jewelry Designers

Studio artists use ancient techniques with modern variations to create their art. Creations by designers, left to right, Glenna Fleiner, Patty Nickels and James-Ben Stockton are shown.
Studio artists use ancient techniques with modern variations to create their art. Creations by designers, left to right, Glenna Fleiner, Patty Nickels and James-Ben Stockton are shown.

By Angela Wampler | November 26, 2007

Studio jewelry is "wearable art," and highly desirable for the discerning collector. While jewelry can be made from very simple materials like wire or found objects, studio artists use ancient techniques with modern variations to create original, contemporary designs.

A! Magazine
examines the wearable art of three designers, and introduces a young local jewelry designer.

GLENNA FLEINER of Bristol is inspired by the natural world.

PATTY NICKELS, a native of Bristol Tennessee now living in Florida, blends fantasy and fine art.

JAMES-BEN STOCKTON & DANIEL LUTHER of Greeneville, Tenn. look at their designs as "Contemporary Heirlooms."

SIERRA McMILLAN, an 11-year-old from Abingdon, Va., uses beads, turquoise, stones and even found items to create jewelry.