" Art is the most sublime mission of [wo]man, since it is the expression of thought seeking to understand the world and to make it understood." - AUGUST RODIN
As a sculptural artist, first and foremost, Ashley Childs is committed to designing jewelry worthy of graceful transcendence. From a long list of global experiences, an eye for detail, a mind trained in fine, conceptual-art and an intelligence born for engineering, she hopes to change how we think about metal, it’s magnificent qualities and capabilities. Designing with an intuition for sculptural movement remains her life’s work. By producing the finest quality jewelry, Ashley Childs hopes her collections reveal a raw vulnerability, capable of enduring each passing decade.
EDUCATION // TRAINING:
Ashley Childs earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studied at Alan Revere’s Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, was notably mentored by, Spectrum Award Winner, Ellie Thompson and studied sculptural blacksmithing at Penland School of Crafts. Her life primarily consists of sculptural design, traveling, metal and mixed media arts, photography, writing and large metalwork sculpting.
ARTIST // SCULPTOR // DESIGNER:
As an artist with an engineering mind, Ashley Childs prefers to communicate a sense of vulnerability, not only demonstrated in the form of tangible sculpture but also in writing, photography and other media. Her work embodies a kinesthetic process, resulting in tangible evidence, fully encompassing her personal opus of transformation. Inspired by new materials, people and places discovered around the globe, Ashley has a talent for observational detail. Her brave methodology of trial and error consistently strengthen her artistic endurance. As a San Diego native, Ashley Childs’ sculptural labor displays a similar influence of the environment prevalent with the surf, movement and texture of Southern California’s coastlines. Her kinetic sculptural forms emphasize a sensual, organic feel, exuding both strength and delicacy in their composition. Rooted in the provocative expressions of time and space, Ashley Childs strives to exude an uninhibited sense of transformation and vulnerability.
Ashley Childs has showcased her work in a number of group shows across the country featuring her sculptural jewelry work and installations. Currently, her sculptural designs include gold, silver, platinum and bronze.
Her studio is located in Los Angeles, CA.