Kayla Staigvil

Gravedigger

Medium/Materials: Bone, excavated porcelain, sterling silver, fine silver, mother of pearl, freshwater pearls, resin

Dimensions: 2.25 x 2 x 1.25 inches

Year: 2015

Photographer: Tim Lazure/Artist

Artist Statement: 

My work uses time consuming and delicate techniques like granulation and filigree that allow me to venerate ways of making that are practically unchanged by history. Along with these traditional ways of working precious metal, the inclusion of excavated Victorian era dolls (along with their parts) and mixed media allow me to create contemporary jewelry objects. The connection between traditional ways of working while creating a strong individual body of work is important to me as a studio jeweler. Loose interpretations of myth and fantasy are also large influences in my work, with cyclical patterns of growth, change, death and resurrection being common themes.

Artist Biography:

Originally from the greater Pittsburgh area, Kayla Staigvil is currently a graduate student in Metals Design at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She received her B.F.A from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Her work utilizes found porcelain dolls and other materials in combination with traditional silversmith techniques. She is deeply interested in jewelry history, unique objects and the metaphysics of beauty. She is a 2017 LEAP Awards finalist, active SNAG volunteer and has work in several juried publications.

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