On Her Way: Amy Tavern

On Her Way: Amy Tavern

Published on Friday, September 9, 2011.

Brooch No. 1

I'm a reluctant traveler. If you offered me an all-expenses-paid jaunt to Tahiti, I'd hem and haw and fret about what to bring and who'd keep my cats company while I was gone. That said, when I leave my nest, I invariably make enriching discoveries.

Case in point: metalsmith Amy Tavern, whom I met on a recent trek to the Penland School of Crafts, where Tavern is a resident artist. Survey her work, and you'll see a remarkably fertile mind at work. Tavern is young, but the range of her work - with its primitive edge and just an inkling of color and beauty - suggests somebody traveling a long and winding path with many interesting destinations along the way. She works with oxidized sterling silver, yes, but also spray paint, linen, felt, and bits of yarn. There is enough potential in her varied, rugged forms to explore for a lifetime. I can't wait to see where she goes.

Stepping out has its rewards. See more of Tavern's jewelry here.

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