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I feel that I am doing contemporary work that bridges design, fashion, and art fields. I experiment with quotidian materials like miniature bridge cabling, industrial ball chain, electrical wire, safety pins, and findings mixed with fine metals to reinterpret them to create collections that are industrial but feminine and wearable. I continue my experimentation to create beautiful and functional, sculptural collections that find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

I have participated in solo art and juried group shows as well as winning the Raphael Founder Prize for innovation in small metals from the Society for Contemporary Craft. Additionally, I've been featured in several NYC runway shows which resulted in a semi-finalist position for the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund. I am a self-taught metalsmith and artist with an academic background in community economic development work from UC Berkeley which is why I think I am so drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of what I design.

MPR Jewelry by Meghan Patrice Riley

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Each MPR Jewelry by Meghan Patrice Riley piece is fabricated by hand in the MPR Atelier in Brooklyn, NY by trained artists and metalsmiths. Mixing metals with textile techniques, MPR experiments with classic, elementary materials like miniature bridge cabling, industrial ball chain, electrical wire, safety pins, and findings mixed with fine metals and semi-precious stones to reinterpret them to create industrial jewelry that is feminine, luxurious, and alluring.

The MPR collections bridge design, fashion, and art fields using innovations on traditional fabrication to design beautiful and functional, sculptural collections that find the fashion in art and the art in fashion. MPR has held solo art gallery shows nationally and internationally as well as winning the prestigious Raphael Founder Prize for innovation in small metals from the Society for Contemporary Craft. The fashion collections have been presented at NY Fashion Week and China Chengdu Fashion week resulting in a semi-finalist position for the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund and finalist in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Design Entrepreneur Program.

EXHIBITIONS                                                                                                                                                          

2009                    Urban Rennaissance, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley CA

2010                    Retro-Futurism at SNAG, Houston Community College, Houston TX

2010                    Nexus, Lireille Gallery, Oakland CA

2010                    Capacity: solo show at Lireille Gallery, Oakland CA

2011                    Craftforms, Wayne Art Center PA

2011                    LES Runway Show, Grand Opening, New York NY

2011                   In Line/In Metal, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York NY

2011                    In Line/In Metal, SOFA, Chicago IL

2011                    MoVEMENT, 724 Studio, San Francisco CA

2011                    Conspicuous, Monday Spaces, San Francisco CA

2012                    Rafael Founder Prize show, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh PA

2012                    Craftforms, Wayne Art Center PA

2012                    Crafts National 2012, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka KS

2012                    L'Age D'Or: solo show at Gallery Lulo, Healdsburg CA

2012                    L'Age D'Or: solo show at Lireille Gallery, Oakland CA

2012                    American Craft Today, Bascom Center for the Arts, Highland NC

2013                    Ferrous, Velvet Da Vinci and Crafthaus, San Francisco CA

2013                    L'Age D'Or: solo show at DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln MA

2013                    Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space, Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis MD

2013                    Coated: Innovative Jewelry and Nail Exhibit, The Studio, Brooklyn NY

2013                    Sparkle Plenty, Quirk Gallery, Richmond VA

2013                    Mariana Valentina Runway show at NYFW, Pier 59, New York NY

2013                    Chengdu Fashion Week, Mariana Valentina Runway Show, Shanghai China

2014                    Durango Top Jewels Exhibit, 3rd Place, Denver CO

 

PUBLICATIONS                                                                                                                                                        

2011                    500 Sterling Silver Designs, Lark Books

2013                    500 Copper Jewelry Designs, Lark Books

2013                    500 Necklaces, Lark Books

 

Professional Memberships                                                                                                                                  

2008-curr            Bay Area Metal Arts Guild

2007-curr            Society of North American Goldsmiths

2005-curr            American Craft Council

 

Professional and Community Experience                                                                                              

2009-2010           Board Treasurer, Bay Area Metal Arts Guild

 

AWARDS                                                                                                                                                                

2011                    Designer Jewelry Showcase, 2nd Prize in Mixed Media Jewelry

2011                    Semi-finalist, Ecco Domani Fashion Fund

2012                    Winner, Rafael Founder Prize from the Society for Contemporary Craft,                                                         Pittsburgh PA

2014                    3rd Place, Durango Top Jewels from Durango Contemporary Art Center, Denver CO

Where to Buy

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