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Leah Meleski earned her BFA in metals from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Leah creates wearable jewelry that is inspired by the basic formula that nature grows from. Radiating patterns turn silver into natural, bold, clean lines. Pieces are created through bending and soldering wire into complicated natural forms, some of which are complimented with pieces created through lost wax casting. Several objects have multiple parts that can be assembled into another form such as a teapot and then taken apart for its component parts to be worn as jewelry. Leah creates her work in her home studio located in Jamaica Plain and works as an art educator in the Wellesley school system.

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www.jeweloftheday.blogspot.com

The human body allows me to investigate the…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 16
  • Joined July 26, 2011

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sterling silver, handmade paper, precious gemstones, freshwater pearls

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Leah Meleski earned her BFA in metals from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Leah creates wearable jewelry that is inspired by the basic formula that nature grows from. Radiating patterns turn silver into natural, bold, clean lines. Pieces are created through bending and soldering wire into complicated natural forms, some of which are complimented with pieces created through lost wax casting. Several objects have multiple parts that can be assembled into another form such as a teapot and then taken apart for its component parts to be worn as jewelry. Leah creates her work in her home studio located in Jamaica Plain and works as an art educator in the Wellesley school system.

www.leahmeleski.com

www.jeweloftheday.blogspot.com

The human body allows me to investigate the simplicity of a complex natural form, synthesizing the relationships between growth, form and individuality of the wearer. Using what knowledge that I’ve acquired from my continuing investigations, I connect it directly to the wearer’s body, creating contoured pieces for specific individuals. Pulling abstractions from the natural world onto specific body shapes, I pay exacting attention to the lines and curves of wearer’s body. Thinking about how the wearer’s collarbones lay, the shape of their sternum and even how one would hold themselves, creates a detailed map for me to follow.

My aim is to create objects that synthesize nature directly onto the body. I am preoccupied with ideas of how one’s body can form the jewelry rather than using a general structure for everyone. One’s body contour is an integral way to incorporate perceptions from nature: I can alter and integrate ideas about impermanence, permanence, growth, decay and preservation

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