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There is something special about an item that has been handcrafted, it possesses an energy that does not exist in a product that has been mass produced. Handcrafted items are personal and the attention the artist gives each piece becomes part of its' character with an essence that can be felt and appreciated by those who admire it.

I’ve been designing and creating for as long as I can remember in fact, it is my passion. After earning my degree in Art and Design, I began my career designing displays for Neiman Marcus where I had the privilege of working with the worlds most exquisite merchandise. Working for Neimans fueled my appreciation for fine quality, the unique and unusual and for handcrafted workmanship. My creative freedom with them allowed my artistic talents to evolve and eventually they lead me into an entirely new direction, working with metal…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 4
  • Joined March 14, 2008

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Steelribbons by Patricia Zilinsky Designs

About

There is something special about an item that has been handcrafted, it possesses an energy that does not exist in a product that has been mass produced. Handcrafted items are personal and the attention the artist gives each piece becomes part of its' character with an essence that can be felt and appreciated by those who admire it.

I’ve been designing and creating for as long as I can remember in fact, it is my passion. After earning my degree in Art and Design, I began my career designing displays for Neiman Marcus where I had the privilege of working with the worlds most exquisite merchandise. Working for Neimans fueled my appreciation for fine quality, the unique and unusual and for handcrafted workmanship. My creative freedom with them allowed my artistic talents to evolve and eventually they lead me into an entirely new direction, working with metal.

When it comes to working with metal I am pretty much self taught. It all started one day when I was rummaging through my fathers workshop and came upon some unusual looking tools. My dad told me they were tools that my grandfather designed while employed as a metal worker in the 1930's. He showed me how they worked and that was it for me. Ideas came flooding into my head faster than I could get them out. Using those tools I create each of my original designs by hand in my Chicago area studio. Each piece is made to order and because they are handcrafted no two are exactly alike, but I can get pretty close!

Being a minimalist by nature, my contemporary style is a reflection of my belief that less is more. I love working with metal for many reasons but mainly because it is a totally recyclable resource. I work with aluminum but also incorporate stainless steel, copper and brass into some of my designs. Nothing goes to waste or ends up in a landfill. I use recycled materials whenever possible for creating as well as for packaging and shipping, doing what I can to help preserve our natural resources.

I love designing things that have yet to be seen and enjoy the challenge of putting a new twist on an old concept, making it fresh and new again. I receive such joy creating each and every piece. I hope that joy is reflected through my work.

Patricia Zilinsky

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