Fair Winds Jewelry

Fair Winds Jewelry

About The Artist

Barbara Baur • Philadelphia, PA

I have always been drawn to water and have lived on a sailboat for part of my life. I am drawn to creating personal adornment from the forms of maritime vessels and the interaction of wind, waves and water. My work is made using traditional jewelry processes in tandem with computer aided design (CAD). I meticulously design my work in the computer, portions of which are then 3D printed. Each piece is hand dyed and finished with precious metal becoming wearable, whimsical ships and sea creatures.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My work is meticulously designed in the computer. Components are then either created by hand from my computer patterns or 3D printed. 3D printed parts are then hand dyed using dyes made for synthetic fabrics. Components are then assembled by hand using sterling silver or steel components.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Using the computer, I can let my imagination run wild. During my process, I am able to transform traditional forms into whimsical, wearable interpretations of sailing vessels, sea creature and wave forms.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I have always been drawn to the water. As a child, I was an avid swimmer and could always be found playing near creeks and rivers even in urban Philadelphia where I grew up. In my 20s, I learned to sail and lived on a sailboat for 12 years of my life. With my dog, kid and husband, I sailed the East Coast of the US while operating a software company. I still sail and find inspiration from my time on the water.