By Penelope Diamanti
Photographs By William l. Allen
Congratulations to Award Winner!
Metal – Lynne Merchant
I like to understand the genesis of the objects I am working with so that I can
authenically honor them in my work.
Champagne corks dressed in copper and embellished with wire, cones, caps, and tacks.
“Mad Max” reflects Merchant’s mastery of metal and wire techniques as well as her
interest in tribal jewelry.
Beach rocks caged in silver wire. Merchant learned many techniques on a seven-year
odyessy through Africa, Yemen, Persia, Afghanistan, India, and Nepal in the 70s.
“I started by immersing myself in the local culture…I demonstrated respect for their
way of life and it made a big difference.”