" 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
In speaking to Los Angeles-based Ashley Childs, you immediately get a sense of the artisan behind the dynamic sensual jewelry she creates. She is passionate about capturing the feeling of motion, balance and proportion in the forms that comprise her collection. “When people think of sculpture in art or jewelry—they immediately think of stagnant or inanimate objects but there is such a vitality when you determine how to allow the energy and movement to come through in the designs.”
Ashley’s approach and belief in the lasting value of metal as wearable art—bold, sensual “dynamic fine jewelry” as her tagline reads, which propels her to create pieces that are not only beautiful in their execution but tactile and sculpted to move with the feminine form and take on the lines and curves of a woman’s fingers, wrist and neck.
With a blood-line consisting of engineers, she also has to know how everything worked. “My obsession around movement first began with clocks and how they were made, which then began to translate into how all things are made.” Ashley explains.
Ashley learned the art of iron forging when she traveled over Buenos Aires and worked with a crew on a project. “I’ve always been intrigued by different mediums, learning what I can from others and investigating the process, which is so important in any art form.” Ashley adds.
Her first foray into jewelry was when she lived in Chicago, she landed a job with designer Ellie Thompson, doing her photography, overseeing Ellie’s production and learning history as Ellie appraised jewelry for Leslie Hindman Auction House. At the same time she began creating her own pieces on the side at home.
She moved back to the West Coast and built up her aesthetic for the boldness of pared down essential pieces It was during the summer of 2017 that she launches her collection to press and retailers with confidence and a true understanding of all of the different aspects that brought her to this point. “I will always go that extra mile in the painstaking process of creating and developing designs that are tiny works of sculpture on their own. My dream is that my pieces and my process will be part of this history of working with our hands to create jewelry that women will be proud to wear on their own hands, wrists and necks for years to come.”
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.
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.
Los Angeles, CA. August 2017—After hand making jewelry for the past 13 years and perfecting her craft as a metalsmith, while she worked in other mediums and for other jewelry designers, Ashley Childs launches her first collection, named Synergy. A true artisan, Ashley’s collection not only possesses sculptural qualities, they are miniature sculptures to wear. “Many people believe that this is an art form that is stagnant but there is so much motion and energy that is captured in my pieces. I have been obsessed watching how women gesture with their hands, how their necks gracefully go up and down as they speak and listen and how each part of the body moves with fluidity and often-powerful determination. These are all aspects that I have worked into my designs which will then be worn on many of the same parts of the body I have studied.”
The name Synergy came about when Ashley found she was also influenced by other types of motion and the balance of opposing forces in all of nature's surroundings. “It is so interesting how a very structured shape can be combined with a more fluid form and create a brand new silhouette that you have never imagined before,” explains Ashley. She also was inspired by the stars as they shoot across the evening sky and how many of those stars are named after strong, powerful goddesses of ancient times, each with a legend all of their own. “The different stories associated with the celestial world, names and patterns are all so different yet when you think about them all together, they all have a clear message – that of love, strength, life and vitality — all of which I am hoping to evoke with my pieces.” She continues, “This is the reason many are named after the galaxies, goddesses and stars."
The collection is in 18K gold and/or platinum and a number of the pieces are accented by a sprinkling of asymmetrically set shimmering diamonds. There is a sensual, bold quality to each piece.
Although Ashley eschews the word trendy, her jewelry is trend with the singular, statement making pieces that are so popular today— curvaceous hoop earrings, adulating cuff bracelets and wavy rings which go from wide to narrower and can be worn alone or stacked.
What distinguishes Ashley Childs’ collection and aesthetic is that it comes from the point of view of a sculptor; only Ashley works her enduring magic into pieces that are comfortable, versatile and luxurious to wear.
For further information contact: Ashley Childs, +1 213-713-3121, firstname.lastname@example.org