CHRIS IRICK IN HER STUDIO, wearing a brooch by Timothy McMahon, an alumnus of her metals program at PrattMWP. Photograph by Jonathan Kirk.

Chris Irick




A jewelrymaker for some twenty-five years, Chris Irick’s pieces are meticulously engineered explorations of technology, mechanics, architecture, and even the subconscious. Her works suggest the passage of time and space in a small wearable scale, pushing the boundaries of what jewelry can mean. Many are kinetic in form or content, opening and closing, curving to reveal hidden layers, spaces and dark corners. She is currently Professor of Metal Arts and the head of the jewelry program at PrattMWP in Utica, New York.

How would you describe your work?


For quite some time a major preoccupation of mine has been the aesthetics and objects produced during the Industrial Revolution and the technological advances made in airplanes during World War II. My research in these areas finds its way into my work through both content and form. I use a variety of techniques, particularly die forming, and use both traditional and nontraditional materials.


Are you interested in other media besides metals?

I use a wide variety of materials including slate, acrylic, resins, felt, and flocking to name just a few. I just completed two brooches that include a spliced and folded printed lenticular. As the wearer moves the image changes revealing a bird in flight. The traditional methods and patience one learns in working with metal can be translated into any material.



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