Nora Fischer, artist, designer, and metalsmith, has a thing for triangles. You can see it in her Jib collection of gold and silver earrings and necklaces that play on the motif of sails. There are big and bold earrings in solid sterling silver and bi-colored silver and 24k gold, worked with a fine texture for more visual interest.
Smaller earrings are constructed from hinged silver and gold sail shapes. More “sails” appear in her sterling silver Jib Chains. The long one joins several “sails” with a thin chain. Shorter ones dangle a single pendant embedded with a diamond, or several “sails” at the end.
A persistent theme in her work is the interplay of positive and negative space and the use of geometric forms. Perhaps it stems from her prior career as an interior designer. After an early flirtation with silversmithing in high school, Nora went into corporate interior design, finding creative challenge in meeting her clients’ needs. She later became interested in beading. Wanting to make her own clasps, she decided to take metalsmithing classes. Now she’s a full-time jewelry designer based in Washington, D.C.
In designing jewelry, she draws on many of the same skills she used designing furniture, visualizing how the piece should be constructed. She looks for inspiration from museums and art books. A particular favorite is the Weiner Werkstratte movement of early 20th-century Vienna.
Nora’s practice includes traditional fabrication, lost wax casting, and techniques for anticlastic forming. She applies much of the gold in her work using the ancient Korean method of Keum Boo. She uses ethically sourced materials whenever possible, so all of her silver pieces are made from reclaimed and recycled sterling silver.
The Line collection, which includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets and cufflinks, demonstrates Nora’s interest in geometric forms.
The triangle motif is carried forward in her Zig Zag collection of earrings and necklaces. Of course, the full effect of Nora’s work has to be seen in person, so please come by Wear Ever Jewelry gallery to check it out! Can’t make it to the gallery, shop online at weareverjewelry.com.