May Artist of the Month

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  • 27 May, 2016
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This month’s artist is:

Kristen Neidlinger

In creating my jewelry, I use sterling silver alone or in combination with gold, anodized niobium, precious & semi-precious stones, pearls & freshwater pearls – to create unique earrings, pendants, rings, pins & bracelets to adorn yourself or to give as treasured gifts to those you hold dear.  All jewelry is handcrafted by the designer and you will find options to customize many of these designs to complement your own style.

I have always been fascinated by fluid forms found in nature – intricately curled sweet pea tendrils; layers of shale beautifully carved by rushing waterfalls; the ever-changing hues and textures in the skies above.  I strive to create designs that evoke the visual interest, mental stimulation and emotional uplift inspired by such phenomena.

I studied fine arts and art history at Cornell University, then went on to earn my B.S. in Design at Buffalo State College.  I approached these courses with the expectation that I would learn to master the materials to create any physical form that my mind could design.  Yet I learned that often the best results are achieved when I relinquish some degree of control and allow the inherent properties of the materials to influence the final design.  For instance, we try to tame metals by molding them into manageable forms such as wire and sheet – but I find that the most interesting textures and edges occur by heating that sheet until its molecules can flow and reconfigure as they will (a process known as “reticulation”).  Niobium also affords this element of surprise – the way the metal has been worked affects the flow of the electrical current, thus changing the coloring in interesting patterns that are difficult to predict.  I am often pleasantly surprised by the way pieces surpass my original expectations as I “go with the flow,” if you’ll pardon the expression!

As with metalsmithing, I approached college and life in general expecting to master my circumstances and to configure all aspects of my life into a manageable form of my own design.  I eventually learned that the best results are achieved when I relinquish control and allow my Creator, the God and Father of my Savior, Jesus Christ, to work out His design for my life.  I learned to trust the Master Designer who created all natural forms that I found so fascinating – and I have been pleasantly surprised by the way my life has since exceeded my original expectations.  The psalmist expressed my feelings well in Psalm 8:3-6: “When I consider your heavens, the work your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?  You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.  You made him ruler over the works of your hands, you put everything under his feet…”

I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunities to learn and the inspirations to create.  I hope my jewelry brings you even a fraction of the joy in its wearing that it brings to me in its designing.

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