Suzanne Schwartz Jewelry

Suzanne Schwartz Jewelry

About The Artist

Suzanne Schwartz • Katonah, NY

I gravitate towards texture, form, and intersecting lines. My signature style involves intricate design details and using metal as a textile. My grandmother taught me to sew and knit; Her influences are evident in my work. With every piece, I strive to create harmony, combining the unexpected stitch with metal. The stitching is used as a texture, while the rest is fabricated using traditional metalsmithing techniques.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My inspiration comes from nature, architecture, and fashion. It might be the way fabric layers or drapes, or a pattern or texture I spot on a walk with my dog. I take this inspiration into my studio and start playing with how to translate it into the metal with stitching. Once I’m satisfied with a design, I’ll cut and finish the metal and determine where my stitches will go, so I know where to drill the holes. Sometimes I create a pattern with my stitching, but often it’s freeform. I use fine silver or 22k gold wire for my stitching. As I weave the wire through each hole, I carefully pull it tight with pliers until I feel a stretch. It’s essential that every stitch is tight enough to keep its shape and stay in place. Each material has its own characteristics, so I need to consider this. There’s a delicate balance between tight stitches and too tight, so the wire breaks. It doesn’t happen often, but I have to start over when it does.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I love stitching with metal and exploring how it fits into my designs to make them unique. Discovering metal and working to stretch the bonds of its rigidity to create textile luke pieces. I believe jewelry is an expression of your true self. More than just adornment

What is something unique about you or your practice?

The stitching.