© 2019 Nancy Marland Jewelry

Pictured with my daughters Meredith (left) and Lauren (right).

I create contemporary jewelry for people who enjoy unique, creative self expression. My work is handmade by me — limited editions and one-of-a-kinds — in a spirit of spontaneity with a focus on abstraction, color and organic forms. My creative impulses are influenced by the work of midcentury modernists, pop art, and the abstraction of patterns and shapes in nature and everyday things.

   

At the heart of my work is a juxtaposition of precious metal with polymer clay. I enjoy the contrasts between these elements — the shiny, reflective quality of the silver against the colorful, patterned, matte polymer — bridging the organic with the man-made, with one foot in the natural world and the other plastic, immediate and whimsical. 

I received a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston with a concentration in painting and sculpture. I have come to jewelry design later in life after having spent 30 years as a self-employed graphic designer. The years of fine art and graphic design experience have led to the passion I now feel creating handmade, wearable art for people who enjoy self expression with a unique and playful style. 

 

I begin my design process with drawings to create patterns and initial forms. Using a variety of materials, methods, techniques and processes, I create prototypes of my designs. I then cast these pieces to which I often add more shape, texture, additional silver elements, oxidation, and polymer clay. 

I use a type of sterling silver called Argentium™ (935) because it is a superior, bright and tarnish resistant. My pieces are filled or inlayed with polymer clay, which I cure as a final step in my process. I choose polymer for its stability and flexibility in combination with silver, its matte finish, and the infinite choices it provides for color, pattern and texture.