"Process to Product: How the Artist Develops an Idea"
An Artist Statement by Nancy Brillos Henderson
The adornment of the body, whether for personal enhancement, group acceptance, or for the sheer joy of wearing a thing of beauty, whimsy, or provocation, has always been the major focus of the jewelry designer.
The Arkansas Arts Center's small metals program has the good fortune to have a group of instructors who can bring a variety of skills to the classroom. This exhibit features a sampling of the ancient coloring process of enameling to sculptural jewelry formed from hammer and hydraulic press and the more traditional soldering and stone setting techniques.
The focus of this show is not just the end product you see in front of you, but the process of getting there. One of the hardest things to do in any art medium is not producing the art piece itself but developing the idea. Hopefully, in this exhibit, you will have a glimpse into this thought process behind the 'body adornments' in this exhibit.