Who We Are:
Melanie Bilenker is known for creating jewelry containing masterful and intricate hair illustrations. She 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.
Leslie Boyd is an artist, educator, and activist, who makes work about gender, stereotypes, and cultural appropriation. In addition to her studio practice, she teaches and coordinates the Jewelry Program full-time at Towson University in Maryland. Most recently, Leslie was one of the organizers of the latest iteration of the Radical Jewelry Makeover in Baltimore, with a culminating exhibition taking place at Baltimore Jewelry Center. This summer, Leslie will be teaching a workshop on Wunderkammer & Cabinet of Curiosities brooches at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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 and Art Jewelry Forum’s United States Ambassador. Most recently, Sarah has been focusing on the development of her podcast, Perceived Value, which broaches the subject of value with artists.
Emily Cobb is a jeweler who utilizes digital technology and traditional fabrication techniques in the creation of her work. Emily recently relocated from Philadelphia to California become an assistant professor of Jewelry + Small Metals at Humboldt St ate 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 exhibition Meta-Smith: Trends in 3D Printed Jewelry at Reinstein/Ross Gallery 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. Maria recently participated in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and was honored as a recipient of the “Excellence in Jewelry” award. In October 2017, she 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 also exhibited her work in the latest Craft Forms exhibition at the Wayne Art Center.
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 adjunct instructor at several Philadelphia-area universities. 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 also participated as an artist in residence at the Museum on Art and Design in NYC and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.