Carol Baney

Steampunk Artist

1239438_10106124116528274_444171383_nI make copper, brass, and bronze jewelry using found objects including vintage watch parts, deconstructed costume jewelry, and new and antique hardware. I make necklaces, rings, brooches, and earrings. To me, the hunt for interesting materials that I can repurpose is an essential art of the creative process.  Where someone else sees an old broken Timex or Hamilton watch, I see a pair of earrings, a necklace, and charms for a bracelet.

For many years my hobby was quilting. From that, I learned to have the patience to see a creative process through from initial idea to finished project. Quilting, like jewelry making, is not an activity for a person seeking immediate gratification.

I find inspiration in both the steampunk and industrial esthetics. Vintage watch gears or salvaged escutcheons are carefully manufactured objects. By refashioning these into jewelry, I extend their useful lives and share their innate beauty with new audiences.

I also find inspiration in my full-time job. As the director of operations for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, I help to manage our jury process and website. Consequently, I have seen thousands of images of not just jewelry but of fine art and craft in a variety of media. The quality of work and range of creativity I see in my job has inspired me to take risks in my own work. In addition, I have been fortunate to meet jewelers who could mentor, providing encouragement and education as continue on the journey of expressing myself visually.

Carol Baney
Flotsam & Jetson
State College, PA

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