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Dance, figurative imagery, and nature serve as the foundation of my work.  I use the figure to represent the movement of the body, position of the head, or expression of the face. I’ve found that the organic, fluid movements of metal serve as an abstract metaphor for the movement of dancers. I am also inspired by select natural environments and landscapes, which have had lasting impact on me. While I continue to use traditional enameling techniques with both transparent and watercolor enamels, I have also recently become interested in contemporary color applications such as powder coating.

While I enjoy the properties of precious metals, I strive to maintain an awareness of my studio practice by staying updated on responsible mining companies, sustainable sourcing for material, proper waste disposal, and by re-using old jewelry and scrap material when possible.

Christina grew up on a farm near Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she studied ballet extensively and later concentrated on theatre. After attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Christina studied Sculpture, Glass, and Metals at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She incorporated her background in dance and movement into her sculptures, performance, glassblowing work, and jewelry.  Her studies abroad in Certaldo, Italy helped solidify her passions for enameling and jewelry, working under Linda Darty, Marissa Saneholtz, and Tim Lazure. She returned to VCU to work under Susie Ganch and complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft and Material Studies, specializing in metals and jewelry design in 2014. She studied fine jewelry and goldsmithing in Virginia during 2015. She returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 2016.

 

Christina Tyler

Winston-Salem, NC

christina@christinatyler.com

www.christinatyler.com

 

 

Education

 

2014

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Magna Cum Laude

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

Major: Craft and Material Studies

Focus: Metals,Jewelry Design

 

2013

Study Abroad

East Carolina University

Certaldo Alto, Tuscany, Italy

Focus: Enameling, Metalsmithing, Art History

 

2010

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, NC

Focus: Visual Arts

 

 

Work Experience

 

2015 - Present

Self Employed at Christina Tyler Jewelry, Winston-Salem, NC

 

2015

Bench Jeweler and Sales Associate, Tidewater Diamond, Chesapeake, VA

 

Bench Jeweler and Sales Associate, Simply Unique Jewelry Designs, Yorktown, VA

 

2014

Work Study Student, Penland School of Crafts Fall Concentration, Penland, NC

 

Studio Assistant, Surface and Pattern, Linda Threadgill, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

 

Counselor (summer), Camp Celo, Celo, NC

 

Jewelry Studio Monitor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

 

2013

Art Camp Teacher, Pocosin Folk Arts School (summer), Columbia, NC

 

2012

Gallery Assistant, Visual Arts Center of Richmond (fall), Richmond, VA

 

Visual Art and Movement Teacher, The ArtsCenter (summer), Carrboro, NC

 

2011

Teacher, (incorporating Reggio Emilia approach), Sawtooth School of Visual Art (summer), Winston-Salem, NC

 

 

Workshops/Additional Education

 

2015

Certificate of Completion, Gemvision Countersketch Training, Stuller Inc., Lafayette, LA

 

Goldsmith Apprentice, Simply Unique Jewelry Designs, Yorktown, VA

 

2014

Work Study Student in Penland Fall Concentration “Jewelry for Chromaphiles” with Aran Galligan, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

 

Studio assistant for “Surface and Pattern” with Linda Threadgill, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

 

Radical Jewelry Makeover with Susie Ganch and Ethical Metalsmiths, Richmond, VA

 

2013

East Carolina University Metals Symposium, Greenville, NC

 

2011

Sawtooth School of Visual Arts basic metals jewelry workshop, Winston-Salem, NC

 

2010

Moving Faces: Puppetry and Portraiture with Clare Dolan and Erica Mott, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

 

 

Grants/Honors/Awards

 

2013

Friends of Certaldo Scholarship to study jewelry in Certaldo, Italy

 

2010

Kenan Foundation Fellowship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

 

 

Organizations

 

2014 – Present

Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Member

 

2014 – 2015

Ethical Metalsmiths, Member

 

 

Selected Exhibitions/Collections

 

2016

Drawing, Delurk Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC

 

2015

Reviving Project: Panxui 2: A Chinese-American Cultural Exchange Project Beijing, China

 

Reviving Project: Panxui 1: A Chinese-American Cultural Exchange Project, VCU Fine Arts Gallery, Richmond, VA

 

Create: Adorn, Delurk Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC

 

Landscape Envisioned Davis Gallery, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Winston-Salem, NC

 

Virginia Commonwealth University School to Market, American Craft Counsel Show, Baltimore, MD

 

2014

World Championship Belt Buckle Competition Finalist Exhibition Bozeman, Montana

 

Senior Show School of the Arts Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

 

Student Fine Arts Exhibition, juried show, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA

 

Cast Rings Hawthorne Gallery, VCU, Richmond, VA

 

Student Craft Show The Living Room Arts Initiative, The Center, Richmond, VA

 

Alla Maniera Toscana Solo Jewelry Exhibition, The Meyer Gallery, VCU, Richmond, VA

 

2013

Student Art Exhibition (Fall), East Carolina University, Certaldo Alto, Tuscany, Italy

 

Student Art Exhibition (Spring), East Carolina University, Certaldo Alto, Tuscany, Italy

 

Jewelry Symposium Exhibition, Jenkins Fine Arts Building Gallery, Greenville, NC

 

Instructor Exhibit Center Gallery, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC

 

2012

and the lake has alligators Sponge Space, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA

 

2010

Curiosity, Outdoor Installation, Univ. of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

 

Museum Re-Opening Show, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

 

Permanent Collection, University of North Carolina School of the Arts “Gripping” Triptych, three 18”x20” charcoal pieces

 

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.