Danielle Gori-Montanelli

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  • About This Artist

    Danielle has worked for over 30 years as a painter, metalsmith and fiber artist.  She was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. After taking jewelry classes at Penland on a whim, she realized she was a jeweler and began her career in New York City,  working in metal for a decade.  She then moved to Florence, Italy, and spent the next decade exploring the softer and more colorful medium of felt. She currently resides in Middlebury, Vermont with her family.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: I begin my pieces with sheets of 100% wool felt, which I cut, carve, and assemble in layers to create multi dimensional jewelry. 

    A: I've worked for several decades as a figurative painter, metalsmith, and felt artist. My colorful felt jewelry playfully explores the wonder of the natural world and celebrates the beauty and humor found in everyday objects. My hope is that the work captures and carries on the joy I discover in my process.

    A: I love small talk with strangers at the grocery store, and I collect discarded shopping lists. They are just a couple of the ways I find great fun in the banality of daily life. I think this comes through in much of my work.

    A: Through my many years of exhibiting at craft shows I feel like I am a part of a beautiful network of artists and collectors who support and inspire in countless ways.



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