Ilana Krepchin received her BA from Hampshire College in photography and anthropology. She currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
My creations combine a sense of fun and purpose with essential interests from my past. As a kid, I wanted to be an architect when I grew up - now I make miniature buildings. I've always been drawn to mathematical concepts - now they inform my art, as in the miniature Mobius strips I make. I have been a photographer for many years, accumulating piles of photographs that I could never throw away - now I chop them up and set them or transfer them to silver and etch their likenesses. I always thought that something could be done to recycle used technology - now I take the chips and capacitors from discarded computers, and combine them with sterling silver in traditional jewelry formats. It satisfies my disparate interests, it's fun and it's ecological.
Sterling silver and jade pendant on 18" snake chain
Sterling silver and turquoise pendant on 18" snake chain
Sterling silver and amethyst pendant on 20" snake chain
Brass and sterling silver pendant on 18" snake chain
Sterling silver with amethyst on earwires
Sterling silver and lapis pendant on 18" snake chain
Circle pendant in 22k gold over sterling silver with turquoise on 18" snake chain
Sterling silver and hematite pendant on 18" snake chain
Oxidized copper, sterling silver and hematite on sterling silver ear wires