LINDA SMITH

Seeking Love

Copper, sterling silver, fine silver, brass, bottle glass, and stainless steel

1.5 x 2.7 x 0.8 inches

Photographed by artist

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STATEMENT

When I began this challenge, I stirred through the kit, pondered and sketched. The sterling mesh piece wanted to be a flower center, the brass sheet a flower petal. Stir, sketch. February approached and love filled the air. The sterling triangle became Cupid’s arrow. The flower — with a single petal — reminded me of the result of the children’s chant: “He loves me, he loves me not…”. Add in a piece of broken bottle glass, a nod to the start of my creative journey creating glass mosaics, and I was off and running. “Seeking Love” was born. I‘ve used every challenge item somewhere in this piece. Can you find them all?
 

BIO

Nature has always been Linda’s inspiration throughout her creative journey. Her move from New York to Florida in 2003 sparked the desire to create durable art for her new outside space, so she began exploring mosaic art. From there, she learned to torch enamel copper to embellish her work. Creating with copper led to further interest in creating more exclusively with metal.

Now, Linda's focus is creating original jewelry, predominantly using sterling and fine silver. The beautiful birds, flora, colors and views around the Tampa Bay area continue to be a strong influence in her designs. Linda is almost exclusively self-taught. She earned an Award of Merit at the 2016 Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts, and in 2017 was honored to be included in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay’s “Gift Guide: Local Jewelry Artists”.