Nina is a designer and jeweler residing in Seattle, Washington. She received her BFA from Syracuse University. The acute detail and seemingly orchestrated order of forms in nature continually captivate her imagination.
Jewelry may seem frivolous, but in the words of Oscar Wilde,
The only excuse for making a useless
thing is that one admires it intensely.
All art is quite useless.
To covet useless things is entirely human.
Body adornment from as early as 33 thousand years ago, is the first form of evidence that Homo sapiens were different from Neanderthals. Teeth were extracted from the deceased and worn along with soapstone and mammoth ivory, carved to look like seashells. Mimicking of rare materials, is proof of the understanding of symbolism.
I want to embrace this tradition, of fabricating useless things, that has continued from the time of our ancestors.