October- Katie Morrissey

Katie Morrissey

"In this series, I used raw materials (bone) and partially fabricated materials (brass and silver tubing) to create one-of-a-kind pieces.  Drawing inspiration from traditional gem forms, I have used these materials to create unexpected mobility and/or stationary moments within each piece."

Katie took the time to answer a few questions so we could get to know a little more about her and her work...

Name: Katie Morrissey

Born/Raised: Reno, NV

Current Location: Reno, NV

Education Major: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing & Jewelry

How did you come to jewelry:

I took an Introduction to Metalsmithing & Jewelry class to fulfill a requirement for my Art Major my senior year of college. I had no idea what to expect.  I ended up extending my college career by two years in order to earn my BFA in the field.

Where do you gather inspiration:

I am constantly inspired by nature. Nothing is as beautiful as it exists in nature. Currently, most of my work is informed by adornment, ranging from traditional jewelry and gem forms to decorative architectural elements including gaudy casino lights and motel signs.  

What do you do for fun:

I enjoy almost any outdoor activity, snowboarding, hiking, paddleboarding. Fly fishing is my newest hobby.

Any volunteer organizations or activities you are crazy about:

 I currently work for VSA Nevada, a non-profit organization that provides art classes to the disabled and underprivileged as well as the general public. VSA relies heavily on volunteers to carry out its mission. After experiencing the purpose, satisfaction, and ambition that art has given me, I think it such an incredible gift to pass on.

Favorite trip you have taken:

 My favorite trip would have to be when I travelled to Vancouver, British Columbia for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Aside from being one of the most gorgeous places I have seen, the camaraderie and energy within the city during an event like that was an incredible experience.   

Do you have any ideas or concepts for your next body of work:

 Lately I have been interested in site specific adornment, especially that which is nostalgic to me, like motel signs and casino lights. I have also started working with bone. I am very attracted to its flat color. I am hoping to explore the possibilities and potential in creating somewhat muted representations of the signs and lights I have been captivated by.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life? Why:

 The mentors and friends that I have had the opportunity to meet through jewelry have had a huge influence on me. Their support and guidance has helped me to accomplish so much more than I ever expected, and in turn has impacted the way I approach all challenges and achievements in my life.