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Inspired by lovelorn letters, buried heirlooms, and treasured reliquaries, my expressive jewelry is designed to evoke a memory and tell a story. I construct and portray imagined memories, elegies, and eulogies based on found photos and stream-of-consciousness drawings, then allow them to emerge in my work as micro-stories and poems. I often use text as texture and allude to my rural Ohio childhood through themes of legacy, isolation, erosion, and loss. I enjoy mixing modern with classical design sensibilities so the observer is not sure from whence my pieces came.

Teresa Kiplinger is a metalsmith, a poet, and a noted graphic designer. Specializing in narrative and contemporary mourning jewelry, she combines handwriting and original verse with elements of graphic design such as typography, photography, and illustration in her expressive designs. Working out of her studio near Cleveland, Ohio, she often explores themes of legacy, erosion, and loss through the portrayal of imagined memories and elegies. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree at Kent State University and is an active member of SNAG and AIGA.

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