Who We Are:
Melanie Bilenker is known for creating jewelry containing masterful and intricate hair illustrations. Melanie beautifully renders photographic images in her own hair that represent quiet minutes, the mundane, the domestic, and ordinary moments. She has been featured in many noteworthy exhibitions such as 40 Under 40 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the annual Schmuck exhibition in Munich, Germany. Most recently, her work was exhibited in the solo exhibition “Mother” at Sienna Patti Contemporary in Lenox, Massachusetts. Melanie’s work can be found in several prominent public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Leslie Boyd is an artist, educator, and activist, who makes work about gender, stereotypes, and cultural appropriation. Leslie relocated to Denver, Colorado this past summer to head up the Jewelry & Metals program at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Before moving, Leslie was an active participant in the Baltimore metals community as the Metals Program Coordinator at Towson University and was one of the organizers of Radical Jewelry Makeover: Baltimore, with a culminating exhibition taking place at Baltimore Jewelry Center. This summer Leslie and Rebecca Schena, a JV Collective intern and RISD student, launched an ongoing project called Making Progress, Resources for Social Justice in Craft which aims to compile a comprehensive collection of resources for artists, educators, and students interested in craft as activism or social practice.
Sarah Rachel Brown is an adornment artist who arrived in Philadelphia after her time as an artist in residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and a Core Fellow at the Penland School of Crafts. In addition to her work, Sarah is also very involved in outreach and the larger art jewelry community. Sarah is the Metals Coordinator for the annual Pentaculum Residency at Arrowmont, a United States Ambassador for Art Jewelry Forum, and a contributing writer for Metalsmith Magazine. Most recently, Sarah has been focusing on the development of her podcast Perceived Value, which broaches the subject of value with artists, interviewing a wide array of individuals trying to make a living in the arts or other creative fields.
Emily Cobb is a jeweler who utilizes digital technology and traditional fabrication techniques in the creation of her work. Emily relocated from Philadelphia to California in 2017 to become an assistant professor of Jewelry + Small Metals at Humboldt State University in Arcata. Emily is a recipient of the 2016-2017 Temple-Wagner Humanities & Arts Research Alliance Fellowship, with a culminating exhibition at the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia. Most recently, her work was included in the 4th Triple Parade Biennial for Contemporary Jewelry in Shanghai, China and the 2018 SNAG Exhibition in Motion at the Portland SNAG Conference. In May, Emily was featured as a speaker at the Digital Meets Handmade Symposium at FIT in New York City.
Maria Eife works primarily with CAD and 3D printing to create her vibrant & geometric series of limited production and one of a kind works. For the past two years Maria has participated in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and was honored as a recipient of the “Excellence in Jewelry” award in 2017. In October 2017, Maria traveled to Barcelona to exhibit her work in the annual Joya Barcelona international jewelry fair. Maria was a participant in the 2017 Smitten forum and her work will be included in an upcoming group exhibition at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA. In addition to special exhibitions, Maria’s pieces can be found at several prominent galleries such Ombré Gallery, Jewelerswerk Galerie, and Heidi Lowe Gallery.
Luci Jockel is a new addition to the Philadelphia jewelry and metals community, having relocated to the city to take over the position of Metals Shop Supervisor at the University of the Arts in January of 2018. Luci is a recent graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, earning her MFA in jewelry + metals in 2016. Luci works with an array of animal remains, from honey bee wings to bone, and her work seeks to challenge our relationship with nature, death, and fragility in the hopes of building an inter connectivity between human and animal. Luci was a recipient of the Marzee International Graduate Prize in 2016 and will be traveling back to Providence in a few months as an intructor of a wintersession course at RISD.
Mallory Weston is an art jeweler who combines traditional jewelry techniques with textile techniques to create fluid hybrid textiles made of metal. In addition to her studio practice, Mallory works as an assistant professor in the Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM program at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Her work was recently featured in two solo exhibitions: “Of Ophidia” with Sienna Patti Contemporary in the United States and “Knock Off” with Galerie Platina in Stockholm, Sweden. Mallory has participated as an artist in residence at the Museum on Arts and Design in NYC and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and will be the 2019 Artist in Residence at the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation’s Studio Rian de Jong in Amsterdam.