Angela Muhlnickel is a regular exhibitor in the Danaca Design Gallery. We wanted to know more about her and her work, so we asked a few questions! How long have you been making Jewelry?
I’ve been making jewelry since I was a kid. I used to string plastic beads on stretchy cord and give the resulting necklaces or bracelets to my friends in elementary school. We even had a monthly “craft sale” in my 5th grade classroom where I could sell my things!
What’s your background? Is it in art, or something else?
I actually have a B.S. in Botany and worked for the USGS when I graduated, doing DNA analyses on endomycorrhizal fungi.
Is there anything in particular that you like about jewelry as a medium?
I find jewelry-making to be an especially satisfying medium because it combines both artistic expression and – at least with my process – precision and an attention to detail that really utilizes the skills I honed as a scientist.
What are your favorite materials to work with, and why?
Enamel! I gravitated towards enamel immediately. I love the fact that I have access to intense, high-impact color. I also love the fact that I can experiment with abandon and not worry about ruining expensive materials. 🙂 I love copper, as well. The warmth of it, the malleability…I’ve been having fun playing around with chasing and repousse lately.
I find that jewelers tend to have one part of the process they love best, for some it’s sawing, for others it’s soldering. Do you have a favorite part of the jewelry process?
My favorite process is assembling color palettes for my pieces. I was the weird kid who constantly organized her box of crayons.
What kind of imagery or inspiration do you use? Or, can you tell us about any recurring themes in your work?
I’ve always been infatuated with juxtaposition. Fanciful party dresses paired with combat boots, that sort of thing. The little “critter” pieces I make are whimsical, but by and large my jewelry tends to be simple-bordering-on-austere, but with playful candy-bright colors.
Drop by Danaca Design to see more of Angela’s work!