My work focuses on image, pattern and decoration in order to reference ornamentation and historical jewelry. I am interested in a reality that exists through images and representations and how the appearance of an object can substitute for the original. Utilizing silhouettes allows me to reduce these images down to their most basic form and reference the history of jewelry with a clean, contemporary aesthetic. In select pieces, I specifically reference a particular piece of jewelry by introducing digitally scanned photographs, which have been made into inexpensive buttons. These buttons are then prong set onto the final object in order to mimic the original presence of a gemstone. By combining the handmade with the industrial and the digital, I aim to produce pieces that speak to the past, present and future of Craft while maintaining familiar identity between the viewer/wearer and the object.
Ashley Buchanan (b. 1986, Atlanta, Georgia) is a jewelry artist who received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia and is currently making her living as a studio jeweler in Johnson City, Tennessee. She has exhibited in galleries and museums such as The Racine Art Museum, the Museum of Art and Design for LOOT and at SOFA Chicago with Donna Schneier Fine Arts. Her work is available in galleries and shops here and abroad, and she participates in craft shows across the country such as the Smithsonian Craft Show, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and The American Craft Exposition. Ashley’s work has been featured in two of the Showcase 500 Series books, Ornament Magazine, Metalsmith Magazine and most recently she was featured in American Craft Magazine as one of the short-listed artists for the Emerging Voices Award. She is a 2014 NICHE finalist and was also selected as one of the ten finalists for the LEAP award at the Society for Contemporary Craft. Her goal is to participate in the field Craft with a fresh voice by creating wearable works of art that push the boundaries of jewelry while maintaining a clean, contemporary aesthetic.