Copper, brass, silver, steel, found African wood, and prismacolor
2 x 2 x 0.5 inches
Photographed by artist
Keur Bijoux is inspired by the incommensurable happiness, gratefulness and reverence I experienced while walking the streets of Dakar, Senegal. Hidden in the city are a myriad of small jeweler’s workshops, just a few square feet equipped with little more than a workbench and a few tools. While the workspaces are small, fellow jewelers are always welcome, invited in as would be a long-lost relative that finally found their way home. That’s what Keur Bijoux is, a small home for all the jewelers of the world, a home that exists beyond geography, and almost beyond time.
Keur: Wolof(Senegalese language) word for home
Bijoux: French word for jewelry
Elise Preiss is originally from France. An avid sailor, and a maker at heart, she approaches her work just like she would the ocean, with a great deal of preparation, as well as humility, and confesses that sometimes “you just have to let the material speak.”
After graduating with a BFA in Product Design from Otis College of Arts & Design, a summer apprenticeship in France with master blacksmith Guy Pendanx awoke her love for metal. She has an MFA with an emphasis in metal from California State University Long Beach. Her work has been exhibited at various venues across the United States including the Metal Museum in Memphis, Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, as well as The Carnagie in Covington KY.
She now leaves and works in Los Angeles.