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Knitted, Knotted, Twisted, & Twined*

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Mary Lee Hu

Title shamelessly stolen from the Bellevue Arts Museum.

American goldsmith Mary Lee Hu is known the world over for her innovative use of textile techniques in weaving precious metals to form utterly unique wearable pieces. She is considered something of a jeweler’s jeweler, garnering attention and gathering awards throughout the art jewelry community. Her most iconic works

Not content just to make beautiful things, Hu first educated herself about the history of adornment. Her work, therefore, shows references to many historic styles of jewelry. Her extensive knowledge of historic shapes and techniques has also made her an ideal teacher. Hu is a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has received three NEA Craftsman Fellowships, and her pieces are included in many prestigious collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Renwick Gallery, the American Crafts Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Mary Lee Hu doesn’t seem to have a web presence, but I guess she doesn’t really need one. There’s plenty of word-of-mouth publicity about her, and she’s already in such demand, she doesn’t seem to need to market herself at all. Good for her!

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

8 thoughts on “Knitted, Knotted, Twisted, & Twined*

  1. I can’t even begin to understand the process. The idea and design end I can but the actual doing is outside of my thinking. Must take a lot of hours.

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  2. These are amazing and I have never seen anything remotely like them. Like Beverly, I cannot even figure out the process. It’s like lacework or really intricate knitting with metal wire. The organic, sinuous shapes really appeal to me and every piece looks so tactile.

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