Chelsea Fay Metal & Jewelry

Metal & Jewelry

Belle Armoire Jewelry

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Extra Extra! The Winter issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry is on the shelves and contains not 1 but 10 pages dedicated to myself and my work! I was so happy to be interviewed for this issue's featured designer. "Metal that Moves: A Collection by Chelsea Fay" by Rice Freeman- Zachery captures my journey thus far and features my latest collections. Be sure to pick up your copy today!

MAG Fine Craft Show '15

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This past November, I had the pleasure of participating in the Memorial Art Gallery Fine Craft Show for the first time. It was my good fortune to share my booth with Taylor Edwards Fine Jewelry as the FCS's first ever Emerging Artists. We were overwhelmed with the amount of support and positive feedback given by the MAG and the Rochester art community. I must thank all those who made this such a successful weekend.

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The Making Of: Pomander Chatelaine

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Image Gathering

Image Gathering

Concept Sketching

Concept Sketching

Material Experimentation

Material Experimentation

Technical Drawing

Technical Drawing

Fabrication

Fabrication

This January I was invited by Mobilia Gallery to create a piece for their exhibition "Journey Through Time: Exploration of Artful Adornment And Sculptural Vessels Through the Ages" which coincided with the Society For North American Goldsmiths Conference last week. Each participating artist was asked to create a piece that spoke to the history of metalworking. Here is documentation of my process starting with research and development, continuing into design and material study and ending finally with the meticulous fabrication of the piece itself.  

Popular in 18th & 19th century Europe, proceeding the time of handbags, women brought their possessions with them in the form of a "Chatelaine." Carried by women of all statuses, chatelaines were ornate pieces of jewelry that usually hung from the waist and held useful household appendages. One type of appendage was called a "pomander" or scent bottle, which was filled with musk, cinnamon or cloves and was thought to ward off disease.

This piece is inspired by pomanders that were particularly popular in France in the 1820s and is made of sterling silver, 18k gold, and resin. 

Journey Through Time will be on exhibit at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge Massachusetts May 1st- June 12 2015. A big thank you to Mobilia Gallery and SNAG Boston for such a fantastic opportunity!

Journey Through Time will be on exhibit at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge Massachusetts May 1st- June 12 2015. A big thank you to Mobilia Gallery and SNAG Boston for such a fantastic opportunity!

Materials Hard & Soft

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So pleased to have been apart of the 2015 "Materials Hard & Soft" Exhibition hosted by the Greater Denton Arts Council and juried by Ana M. Lopez. Thank you to all those who made this opportunity possible and to Lucinda Breeding of the Denton Record Chronicle for writing such a nice blurb about my piece!

2015 Niche Awards Finalist

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In 2013 I was honored to be a two-time finalist in the Student Niche Awards Competition. Just two years later, I am proud to announce that my set of granulated salad servers is a finalist for the 2015 Professional Niche Awards in the category of "Fabricated or Forged" The winners will be announced in January 2015! 

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Rochester Fashion Week '14

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Last weekend marked the 2014 Rochester Fashion Week and I was honored to see my Entropy Line walk down the runway modeled by the beautiful Illy Ally! Special thanks to RIT students, professors, and alumni who made this opportunity possible! 

The Making Of: Granulated Salad Set

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This month marks the completion of my first collaborative project with woodworker William Downs. Made from Sterling & fine silver, purple heartwood and sycamore, this project is part of a new effort to make decorative functional objects that can be used in the home. Take a look at the making of! 

Contemporary Goldsmithing

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I have recently had the honor of being included the SNAG Contemporary Goldsmithing Online Exhibition. The show was juried by Judith Kinghorn, George Sawyer, and Tom Herman, three artists I have always deeply admired. Check out the entire exhibition here !

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Made of sterling & fine silver, copper, acrylic, resin, and paint, the necklace featured above took seven months to complete. 100 unique links were fabricated using thousands of individually fused silver granules, and a series of graphs that organized the entire process. The final product represents an extreme devotion to repetition and organization within a single piece of work. Below are a just a few pictures of this extensive process. 

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Celebrating 100 years at the MAG

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This year marked the centennial of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery. To celebrate this incredible milestone, four RIT jewelry students (myself included) were invited to design a set of charms based on works of art in the gallery. The charms, designed and prototyped by myself and my classmates, were produced by local jewelry manufacturers, Richards & West. On October 5th, 2013, the charms made their debut at the Centennial Gala, where a limited number were available for purchase.  Interested in owning your own set of charms? Contact the Gallery Store for more information! 

 

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