Linda May Studio


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    I make exuberant textile jewelry. It's jewelry with attitude, for women who want a big look, a lot of necklace. I love color you can feel. My Philadelphia studio clatters with trays of bright beads and bins of warm felt. With needle and thread, I meticulously hand stitch each tiny glass bead to the felt. I make the big silver chain by hand.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: It's no accident I make textile jewelry. I've been sewing all my life. In high school I could start a dress in the morning and wear it that night on a date. I taught myself metalsmithing to give the textile jewelry heft and presence.

    A: Felt is luscious. It really holds color. And when you sew little glass beads to the big felt rounds, you get the pleasure of hard and soft, big and small, pattern on pattern.

    A: I’m a Ph.D. anthropologist. I did fieldwork in India, where the textiles are intense and people combine strange bright colors in ways that surprised me. To quote legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, "Hot pink is the navy blue of India."

    A: Lush, crazy colors delight me.

    A: I find myself connecting with women who want a big look, jewelry with attitude. As one of them said to me, "If you can't see it across the room from the back of a galloping horse, why bother?"

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