Sara Tchen-Susman


“Armor”; Copper, brass findings, leather; 21 x 12 inches

For the past few years I have been working almost solely with metals, creating jewelry and wearable art. Metal is temperamental to work with; you have a plan of what you are going to make, but the piece refuses to cooperate. I’ve learned to let the piece become what it wants to, instead of fighting with it and losing.

I like to think that my work develops a life of its own, growing and evolving in unexpected ways. Here, I’ve challenged myself to find a way of melding together metal and fabric, and Armor is what has grown from that intention.