Kelly Nye


“You Better Put Your Kingdom Up for Sale”; Laser cut acrylic, cast plastic, spray paint, gold leaf; 14 x 11 x 0.5 inches

The gemkutz jewelry series is based on gem shape and cut diagram flats relative to faceting precious stones such as diamonds, emeralds and rubies for the utmost brilliance and clarity. These line drawings are translated into digital format and read by the laser cutter which cut the systems out of materials such as cardboard, paper and acrylic sheets. The flat, two-dimensional blueprint orientation allows the concept of a three-dimensional stone cut to become the focal design element in the jewelry. The laser drawings are used in lieu of precious stones and are fabricated from the above disposable materials and spray paint. The superficial surrogates create a variety of unique jewel compositions and statement pieces. Spray paint gradients and color are reminiscent of 80’s and 90’s pop culture and graffiti, adding to the vibrancy and pageantry of the brooches, necklaces and earrings. The work straddles concept and functional abstraction.

The intended body, wearer, is as bold if not more so than the jewelry itself. It is statement, conversation and fashion that the maker passes on to the wearer as recipient. Vivid and daring, the work questions the ideals of “fine jewelry” by using the visual signifiers of facets, but lacks all monetary value in material and extensive jewelry craft processes. The work forces the above vapid artistic choices to become secondary, therefore primarily focusing on the aspect of jewelry as fashion object/drawing and conversational statement that arises from the pieces as adornment.


“You May Have Lowers Wherever You Roam”; Laser cut acrylic, spray paint, cast plastic, flocking, gold leaf, pearl sewing pins; 13 x 12 x 0.5 inches


“don’t you sometimes wish your heart was made of stone”; Laser cut acrylic, cast plastic, spray paint, flocking; 18 x 11 x 1/2 inches