Alice Sprintzen has been creating found object jewelry for over 10 years. She is the author of several books including The Jeweler’s Art: A Multimedia Approach, and Crafts, Basic Techniques and Design. Her work has appeared in many books and magazines and she has exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States.
Ms. Sprintzen creates found object jewelry as an antidote to the wasteful, consumer-oriented direction of modern life. Her work is a celebration of the inventive use of objects transformed. It challenges the viewer to take a fresh look at everyday objects.
All traditional jewelry-making techniques are employed, but they are in the service of unexpected and unconventional forms, images and materials. Precious stones may appear alongside a rusty key, scale may be bolder, design may take on more of a sculptural stance as form interacts with body. As the aesthetic moves away from mainstream conventions, images may not be as “pretty,” but rather, used to make a personal statement.