In 2017 I was approached by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas to create a collection of jewelry inspired by their upcoming exhibition Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life. The collection was to be sold as one of kind pieces in the museum shop. This was a dream project for me. Bertoia’s interdisciplinary practice included the design of jewelry, monoprints, domestic objects, sound sculpture and public art installations. My own work included many of these disciplines within a much smaller sphere of recognition.

Bertoia’s abstraction of nature and use of bronze as his primary material influenced me early on. The unique opportunity to have an artistic dialogue with Bertoia inspired many of the pieces in the new collection. It was the collaborative effort with my staff that brought these designs to life.

Julie Cohn