Art is the most sublime mission of man, since it is the expression of thought seeking to understand the world and to make it understood.
— August Rodin
 
 

ASHLEY CHILDS

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 Ellie Thompson (Spectrum Award Winner) and studied sculptural iron work at Penland School of Craft.

Her life primarily consists of sculptural design, traveling, metal and mixed media arts, photography, writing and large metalwork sculpting.

Ashley Childs photographed by Sussan Farahani in Los Angeles, CA

Ashley Childs photographed by Sussan Farahani in Los Angeles, CA

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. 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.  She is constantly pursuing photography, sculptural jewelry design and large metalwork sculpting.  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, sculptural look, 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 through her work.


ASHLEY CHILDS STUDIO

Ashley Childs has been featured in a number of group shows across the country featuring her sculptural jewelry work and installations. Her work embodies a kinesthetic process, resulting in tangible evidence, fully encompassing her personal opus of transformation. Currently, her studio work takes gold, sculptural design, mixed media materials and sculptural bronze work.  Ashley Childs' studio is in Los Angeles, California.

18kt Sculptural College Thesis Earrings, 2007

18kt Sculptural College Thesis Earrings, 2007

Little and Large Installation, San Diego, 2009

Little and Large Installation, San Diego, 2009


EDUCATION // TRAINING

Ashley Childs, Sossusvlei, Namibia, 2015

Ashley Childs, Sossusvlei, Namibia, 2015

  • Penland School of Crafts, Iron/Blacksmithing Intensive training, Penland, North Carolina, 2016
  • The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, jewelry arts training, San Francisco, California, 2009
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, sculpture, Chicago, IL, 2008
  • Landmark College, Associate’s Degree, emphasis in silver gelatin photography, Putney, VT, 2002-2004

PROJECTS // INSTALLATIONS // EXHIBITIONS 

LUCID AFTERLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES, spring 2016

Behind spring’s most celebrated blossoms is a luminous process, a palpable quality of wisdom and change.  Each specimen had a moment of perfection; inevitably, this euphoric peak is fleeting. By unveiling the sculptural splendor of decay, grief becomes an alluring process and a place of courage. Lucid Afterlife strives to reveal this as triumphant. Mourning requires endurance - the ultimate act of humility, beauty and grace.

(printed on matt-finish aluminum, link for purchase: www.ashleychilds.com/shop-lucid-afterlife,  all photos © Ashley Childs)

MUSEO DE ESCULTURAS LUIS PERLOTTI, 2016

Collaborative blacksmithing and sculpture installations with Buenos Aires' Museo de Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti, Evento en Plaza Irlanda con el auspicio de la Embajada de Estados Unidos, la Comuna 6 y el Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti

"LITTLE & LARGE"  JEWELRY & SCULPTURE FOR THE BODY AND HOME, 2010

San Diego Visual Arts Network in collaboration with 41 Regional Exhibition Venues throughout SD County promoted of over 90 Sculptors creating Jewelry and Jewelers creating Sculpture inspired by the Calder Jewelry exhibition at San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, July-Jan, 2010. 

Ashley Childs had the pleasure of installing a floor to ceiling installation in collaboration with San Diego's Visual Arts Network. The "LITTLE & large" gallery installation was made of fine, goldfilled chain and natural japanese akoya keshi pearls, draped from a copper frame, hanging freely in the air as would jewelry in our lives. The smaller reception for the "LITTLE & large" event was held in Solana Beach's community services center, 635 South Highway 101, Solana Beach CA 92075

SAIC GALLERY INSTALLATION, 2007

Ashley Childs installed a ceiling installation piece for her Bachelor of Fine Art Thesis exhibition. Made of fishing line and silver, she hung fine jewels and scrap silver pieces, all draped together over a thick piece of glass. She wanted to showcase the process of fine, small sculpture jewelry, from its progression of scrap castings and tarnished pieces to the final product.

SAIC "LOVE" INSTALLATION, PRAGUE, 2005

Ashley Childs installed a group show-installation named "Love" in a student gallery space in Prague, Czech Republic, 2005 for an art-history project with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Large, wide layers of white fabric were strategically draped from the ceiling, embodying the essence of "Love" as a palpable, tangible, hands-on experience. 


RESUMÉ

2017

YouTube feature, "Desert Lookbook" with Francis Lola's fashion blog
Instagram spot-light of the VEGA ring with Megan Schaefer of @meganadelaide
Trunk Show, Chris + Mary's in Santa Monica, CA 

2016

Collaborative blacksmithing and sculpture installations with Buenos Aires' Museo de Museo de Esculturas Luis PerlottiEvento en Plaza Irlanda con el auspicio de la Embajada de Estados Unidos, la Comuna 6 y el Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti, March 2016

2015

Exhibitor, Landmark College's 30th Anniversary, fine-jewelry artist-alum, Putney, VT

2014

Trunk Show, EM's Clothing & Accessories, Metairie, LA
Trunk Show, MATUSE [#theblackspot], Del Mar, CA
Trunk Show, Una Mae's Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Exhibitor, The California Women's Conference, Long Beach, CA
Silent Auction Donation, National Charity League, Newport Beach, CA
Silent Auction Donation, Casino for a Cause, San Diego, CA
Exhibitor, House of Music & Entertainment, Valentines Soiree, Beverly Hills, CA

2013

Exhibitor, The Big Canyon Country Club's Holiday Bazaar, Newport Beach, CA
Exhibitor, UNIQUE LA, Holiday Show, California Market Center, Santa Monica, CA
Exhibitor, UNIQUE LA, Summer Show, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA
Silent Auction Donation, Women's Museum of California's, San Diego, CA
Exhibitor, UNIQUE LA, Spring Show, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
Silent Auction Donation, Junior National Charity League, Newport Beach, CA

2012

Exhibitor, The Big Canyon Country Club's Holiday Bazaar, Newport Beach, CA

2011

Exhibitor, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Sponsor for Flamingo Toes' SoCal Social Event, The City of Orange, California
Trunk Show, TEASHI Spa & Salon, San Francisco, California
Trunk Show, Carlisle Spring Collection, Rancho Santa Fe, California

2010

Silent Auction Donation, Valencia Elementary School, Valencia, CA
Exhibitor, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2009

Trunk Show, Halloween Trunk Show & Party, Del Mar, CA
Trunk Show, Sundancer Boutique, Del Mar, CA
Silent Auction Donation, Friends of the Powerhouse, Del Mar, CA
Gallery Exhibition & Fashion Show, "LITTLE & large"San Diego Visual Arts Network San Diego, CA

2008

Artist Addition & Feature Party, Hands on Cedros Gallery, Solana Beach, CA
Exhibitor, One of a Kind Show & Sale; Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
Exhibitor, Fairbanks Ranch Country Club; Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Trunk Show, Panache & Co. Salon, Del Mar, CA
Trunk Show, Salon David Perez, San Diego, CA
Exhibitor, Art From Our Hearts Charity Art Festival, Chelsea Manor, East Norwich, NY
Exhibitor, Old Town Art Festival, San Diego, California
Exhibitor, Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft; Philadelphia, PA
Exhibitor, GenArt Chicago; Millennium Park; Chicago, IL

2007

Exhibitor, Bucktown Holiday Art Show; Wicker Park, Chicago, IL
Trunk Show, Private Gallery & Art Exhibition, Del Mar, CA

2006

Exhibitor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Annual Holiday Art Sale, Chicago, IL
Exhibitor, Bucktown Holiday Art Show; Wicker Park, Chicago, IL
Exhibitor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Annual Spring Art Sale, Chicago, IL
Trunk Show, Private Gallery & Art Exhibition, Del Mar, CA

2005

Exhibitor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Annual Spring Art Sale, Chicago, IL


REVIEWS

Tania D., Calgary, Canada

"Thank you!! I love the ring and have worn it all week. I love tassels and I was definitely missing a tassel ring in my life. It's beautifully made and will bring me many, many years of pleasure!  Thanks for shipping so fast, it arrived exactly when it should have!"

Cher A., San Diego, CA

"I have bought jewelry from Ashley for many years. Her work is exquisite! Whether I purchased from her stock or had her create originals for my taste, I have been thrilled and impressed with the quality and uniqueness."

Dena S., Grayville, IL

"Wonderfully made necklace, great customer service with fast response to my questions.  Lightning fast shipping and highly recommended!"

Patricia M., Rancho Santa Fe, CA

"Ashley Childs jewelry is so beautiful  and authentic.  I gave her gorgeous Gold mesh earrings to my two daughters my grand daughter and myself!!   The earrings had several stones of their birthstone woven in the gold or dangling from the mesh.   Really special !  
Thank you Ashley"

Jennifer K., Blaine, MN

"Such beautiful earrings, I am so pleased! Super fast shipping and great communication. These earrings really are beyond lovely, so full of color and charm. Thanks so much, I will be back!"

Shea H., Plymouth, MN

"So many compliments, these are beautiful to say the least! Thank you!!!!"

Delynne M., Pittsburgh, PA

"Absolutely fabulous necklace; elegant and unique...quality materials and very well-made...LOVE IT!!!!!"

Susan B., Berryville, AR

"Thanks! My mother thinks that they're very pretty :)"

Noreen G., Saint Ann, MO

"Truly remarkable pair of earrings. Very powerful."