Obsidian Pause Wearable Paper Art

Obsidian Pause Wearable Paper Art

About The Artist

Azania Tripp • Minneapolis, MN

Obsidian Pause Wearable Paper Art provides people with hand-crafted one-of-a-kind wearable mixed media paper collage jewelry, visual art, and community workshops for small groups passionate about mindfulness. The artist, Azania Tripp (she/her) started the art healing business in 2016. She is a Black/ African American, Singaporean, Eurasian, Pansexual woman, and second-generation adult living with ADHD/ADD, anxiety, and depression who addresses her mental health care through her art practice.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

Each piece of jewelry begins with a unique collage design made of paper, cloth, and more. I spend 2-5 hours designing the collage for each side of a pair of earrings. After completing the collage design, I coat it with glue for a protective seal and add sterling silver bails. Once that has been set, I have 4-5 layers of epoxy. I monitor the resin during drying to ensure it is set properly. Once the jewelry is completely dry, I add jump rings, chains, fishhooks, and other components.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I started making collage jewelry because wearing my art made me feel protected and significant. People would comment on my jewelry, and we would connect and create a community. It is a tangible representation of my creativity and my values. It's beautiful to use art to convey the significance of origin stories and authenticity.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I'm Azania Tripp, and I'm dedicated to facilitating interactive, experiential healing through art. My focus is crafting unique, sculptural mixed media collage jewelry and visual art, offering bespoke pieces and community workshops tailored for small groups passionate about mindfulness art. As a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist with a master's in social work. I was honored with an artist residency at the Minnesota African American Museum and Gallery in 2014.