Estelle Vernon's work is textural, pleasing to the eye and the hand at the same time. She creates unique textures utilizing original photographs she has taken in our National Parks or of Japanese textile patterns used for kimono. She etches the design into a texture plate and then roller prints or embosses the design onto the metal. Each piece of jewelry is embellished with 24k gold keum boo accents and then oxidized to fully develop the contrasts between the blackened metal and the gold.
She has exhibited her work nationally and international, most notably at a show in Seoul, South Korea. She has been a member of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths since 1988, where she was president from 2000 through 2003. She is currently a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and is a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, where her work can be seen in Studio 201, Metallum.
Photos by Natalie Abrams