You may remember Betsy Frost jewelry from a few years ago. We are excited to have her new coral collection in the gallery. Betsy’s designs are fluid – reflecting her early training in dance and gymnastics, and sensual – hinting at the female form. One could say her designs have an almost Scandinavian feel. Betsy prizes shape and movement over surface texture and color. She brings her jewelry alive with links and hinges in a way that is comfortable to wear, fun and aesthetically pleasing. She works primarily in sterling silver, and her pieces are either fabricated from sheet into hollow forms, or cast through the lost-wax casting process.
“My style, in both jewelry and sculptural objects, reflects my love of dance and movement. I am attracted to sensual shapes and objects, and try to reflect this attraction in my work. I strive for fluidity in my pieces, and am constantly trying to ‘reinvent a shape’ by giving it movement with links or hinges. Shape and movement take precedence over surface texture and color.
I am inspired by artists such as Matisse and Degas, but also get ideas from my immediate surroundings – the shape of a flower, or the ‘line’ of a piece of furniture or other object. I am mesmerized by patterns in tapestry, wallpaper and carpet. When I’m talking to someone, I must confess, I’m usually studying the wallpaper or designs in the carpet, trying to envision the shapes as beautiful pieces of jewelry.”
– Betsy Frost