Featured Artist Sydney Scherr

Artist Sydney Scherr presents an inspired collection of jewelry and sculptural work. Enjoy her portfolio and visit her website to learn more.

 

Handmade butterfly necklace by Sydney Scherr

“Releasing Butterflies” Cloisonné Enamel Necklace with 22k and 18k gold, 4.12 CT Golden Sapphire, (2) 2mm SI1 Diamonds .06TCW, Emerald beads: 264 TCW. 14k gold clasp w 4mm Emerald 3 x 2 x .5″

 

I am a storyteller. Visually and verbally, although my stronger voice is non-verbal for it is the one that cannot be silenced.

 

Handmade necklace/brooch by Sydney Scherr

“Phoenix” Cloisonné Enamel Necklace/Brooch with 24k, 22k, 18k gold. 3.72ct Precious Topaz, Carved South Sea Pearl 18k. chain 3.5 x 2.5 x .5″

 

I think of music and consider the space between the notes. This silence frames and informs the structure of the music and gets to the heart of it. This respite, whether visual or verbal, creates the space for the whole to take shape.

 

Feathers/Lariats necklace by artist Sydney Scherr

“Feathers Lariats” Jewelry, Cloisonné Enamel, 22k gold, 14k gold, fine and sterling silver, demantoid garnet, sapphire, 42” in length

 

So too, I see the space between as an articulation of the structure and heart of the story I am telling, in whichever medium I am compelled to use: jewelry, drawing and sculpture.

 

Wood and metal sculpture by artist Sydney Scherr

“Threads” Sapelle exotic hardwood, Sterling, hematite: Sculpture, 7 x 2 x .5′ (85 x 24 x 6″)

 

I always wondered why craftsman so often hid behind technique. It is what we often talk about and spend countless hours getting right. I always wanted to emerge from the shadows and express myself. Mostly, only when I am teaching do I want to talk technique.

 

Handmade necklace/brooch by Sydney Scherr

“Floating in Space” Cloisonné Enamel Necklace/Brooch with 24k, 22k, 18k gold, silver/blue pearl and opal beads 3.75 x 3.5 x .5”

 

Authors, singers and artists who create work that takes my breath away, are brave in a way that often craftsman are not. They express and expose themselves. Writing, singing, painting or sculpting their way through love, loss, joy, trauma and passion. This personal transparency is where I find inspiration.

 

Handmade cloissone necklace Release Butterflies 2 by Sydney Scherr

“Releasing Butterflies 2” Cloisonné Enamel Necklace with 22k and 18k , 56CT Cabochon Ruby, with 346TCW ruby beads. 14k clasp with 3.5mm ruby and 1mm black diamond

 

I ask this of my students as well. To find the pathway into their own artistic voice through a design development strategy I created: Design and Inspiration as process. Recognizing that inspired design is a process makes it less daunting for those who believe they “don’t know how to draw” or “how to design” and merely copy what has come before.

 

mixed media sculpture "Sedona Talisman" by Sydney Scherr

“Sedona Talisman” Cloisonné Enamel: Sculpture, 18k, 14k gold, fine and sterling silver, ebony, onyx bead rattles 4.5 x 2.5 x .5″

 

In my own work the story inspires design, and this is also the foundation of commissioned work. I learn about my clients by asking questions and listening to their words. Their words inform my design. A commissioned work of mine is truly  an expression of bespoke elegance in concept and execution.

 

Large chariot sculpture of fine metals and gems

Completed Chariot: “Mohan’s Chariot for Ganesh” Traveling Temple (sculpture) 22′ x 14′ x 10′, 2000 pounds of silver, gold, gems and enamels

 

When opportunities present themselves, I embrace experiences that are often far beyond my comfort zone. They are a part of what I consider personal growth rhythms. Being receptive to challenging possibilities has opened many doors. The most profoundly meaningful was being invited to work on a Silver Hindu Chariot, a traveling temple. It was an honor to work with the wonderful chariot makers from Kuala Lumpur and Tamil Nadu. Working on something so reverential and so much bigger than anyone of us, with a deep sense of serene devotion, was an extraordinary journey.

 

handmade cloisonne necklace by Sydney Scherr

“Water Dance” Cloisonné Enamel Necklace with 24k, 22k and 18k gold, fine silver, .33CT diamond, with .06.CT diamonds 18k gold chain, 3 ½ x 2 ½ x ½”

 

It is good to pay attention. Every experience provides dynamics that engage the narrative. And as visual artists, we have the luxury and ability to create our own visual language, abstracted or not, that tells the story, defines your voice and moves you out of the shadows.

 

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Comments

  1. Hi. I am Maria / Amara-Celine McKenzie. I adore your jewelry and was wondering if u do classes.
    I am competing in the current competition.

    Thanks.

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