About The Artist
Sally Prangley • Seattle, WA
Jewelry • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Making baskets and jewelry is like drawing 3-dimensional shapes in the air, with wire the outline and paper the color. It’s a wonderful process combining two very different materials and turning them into functional and sculptural objects. All wirework, in both basketry and jewelry, is by hand, freeform, and using cold connections (no solder). I learned traditional basketry many years ago and eventually recognized that I could adapt it to wire to make basketry. Jewelry quickly followed because I saw the possibilities in transferring the processes I’d come up with to make functional and sculptural baskets to also create earrings and necklaces.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I make baskets and jewelry in surprisingly similar ways - despite their size and functional differences - because both forms are based on wire and paper. I often transfer ideas first created as baskets into jewelry forms, and vice versa. When making a basket or piece of jewelry, the basic wire structure is made first, then married with paper. I use a rigid form of paper that fits into wire frames almost like jigsaw puzzle pieces attach to each other. Color is added next. I use a variety of tissue, Unryu and Lamali papers, torn into small pieces that I add using a small paintbrush and special glue. It’s like painting, but with paper as my pigment! Design details are slivers and shapes of paper also added with paintbrush and glue. All pieces are sealed for use and wear.