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Boris Bally

Square “De-SIGN' D.P.W. Brooch® (Yellow Bars)

Materials:  Recycled aluminum traffic sign techniques: humanufactured® (pierced, fabricated, swaged)

Dimensions: 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 x 1/2 inches

About the Artist:

Boris Bally maintains an active studio business, ‘Humanufactured, LLC,’ in Providence, Rhode Island. Here he mentors, creates, manufactures and up-cycles, assisted by his studio team. Bally’s work is a hybrid of craft skill and tradition, design process, and art. He brings his Swiss training as a goldsmith, and background in teaching Design, to non-precious materials -- transforming them into usable, functional, wearable and decorative pieces. Bally’s installations and products are witty and innovative, employing the use of jeweler’s skills on common materials including discarded aluminum traffic signs, champagne corks, bottlecaps and de-commissioned weapons.

Boris Bally is the recipient of the 2015 Rhode Island Council on the Arts Fellowship in Craft, as well as two Rhode Island Council on the Arts Fellowships in Design, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Crafts Fellowship. His recent design of the BroadWay Armchair received a 2012 First Prize from Green Dot Awards. He was a finalist in the 2013 Eco Arts Awards and the recipient of a 2012 Eco Arts Awards Honorable Mention for Repurposed Materials in Art & Design. In 2009 he was interviewed by Mija Riedel for the Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art Oral History project. He was a finalist in the 2009 International Spark Design Awards. Bally received the 2006 Individual Achievement Award for Visual Arts presented by the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island. His work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions and publications. Public collections include London’s Victoria and Albert Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Brooklyn Museum; Luce Foundation Center, Washington, DC; Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York. Galleries featuring Bally’s work include Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, and Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston.

To view more work by Boris, visit his SNAG Maker Page