Holly Anne Mitchell Newspaper Jewelry


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    For 30 years, I've had an endless fascination with newspaper. I love to push the boundaries of it's text, color and content. For example, I use Comic Strips because the characters' expressive faces contain bold, bright and powerful colors. I use Expired Coupons because the textural patterns of many elements including the UPC Bar Codes are reminiscent of African Kente cloth. I strive to bring out these aesthetic strengths to create jewelry which is equally interesting both on and off the body.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: I use various sections of newspaper including comics, stock listings and crossword puzzles. I cut the newspaper into strips, hand-form beads and hand-stitch the beads together into bracelets, brooches, earrings, necklaces and cufflinks. All the newspaper beads are sealed and protected by a moisture-resistant coating.

    A: The artistic possibilities of newspaper are endless. I never get bored with the material. I continually strive to push the boundaries and elevate this sustainable material.

    A: The use of newspaper as the primary medium

    A: Georges Seurat, Faith Ringgold, Joyce Scott and (cartoonist) Liza Donnelly are my greatest visual artist influences. Stevie Nicks and Stevie Wonder are tremendous performing arts influences.

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