DEMI THOMLOUDIS, ROAD DROPS, HOLLOW-FORMED CEMENT, PAINT, FIBER, RESIN, ALUMINUM, 18X8–1/2X4"
Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metalwork Demitra Thomloudis has work featured in this year’s annual Penland Benefit Auction. Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in North Carolina's Blue Ridge mountains, Penland offers workshops, artist residencies, a gallery, and community collaboration programs.
In creating her original designs, Thomloudis works with non-traditional materials that may remind the viewer of walking down the sidewalk in a construction zone, including cement, spray paint and even shoelaces. She remarks,
"I see jewelry having the potential to connect us closer to the world we are surrounded by."
By utilizing mundane materials such as those shown in Road Drops, Thomloudis gives them new delicacy and life by creating a piece that channels both the energy of the city and her own playful eye. The Penland Auction is held annually in August and this year's event is August 11–12. Tickets are available here.