Christina Tyler

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Christina grew up on a farm near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for Visual Arts, Christina studied Sculpture, Dance, Glassblowing, and Metals at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She incorporated her background in dance and movement into her sculptures, performance, glassblowing work, and jewelry.  Her studies abroad in Certaldo, Italy helped solidify her passions for enameling and jewelry, working under Linda Darty. She returned to VCU to work under Susie Ganch and complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft and Material Studies, specializing in metals and jewelry design in 2014. She worked as a bench jeweler in fine jewelry shops in Virginia, then returned to studying sculpture and metal, taking courses in Sculpture and Blacksmithing at Haystack School, John C. Campbell Folk School, and Penland School of Craft. She has taught art, movement, and metals classes to children aged 3-18 at summer art programs around North Carolina and currently teaches at Sawtooth School of Visual Art in Winston-Salem.

 

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Christina Tyler

Dance, figurative imagery, and nature serve as the foundation of my work.  I use the figure to capture frozen moments of gesture and dance. I am also interested in the movements of the craftsman especially in time and heat-based crafts such as blacksmithing and glassblowing that often require a partner and constant movement of the entire body; the process of making is choreographic. I am also inspired by natural environments and landscapes which have had lasting impact on me: most prevalent are the Blue Ridge Mountains and the olive trees in Tuscany. I am interested in the connection between sculpture, contemporary jewelry, and wearable art as a form of public art.

While I enjoy the properties of precious metals, I strive to maintain an awareness in my studio practice by staying updated on responsible mining companies, sustainable sourcing for material, proper waste disposal, and by re-using old jewelry and scrap material when possible. While I continue to use traditional enameling, silvermithing, and goldsmithing techniques, I also use contemporary color applications such as powder coating. Most recently I have been working in steel, both cold bending and forging.

 




Last updated November 2019
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