Sandra Zacharia


Artist Statement:

Originally from New York, Sandra began her career as a textile designer after studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After several years she moved to Israel, where she continued designing fabrics for New York City fashion houses. Sandra soon began studying jewelry at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She now lives and works in Maryland, where she is able to share her passion for jewelry and design through teaching.

Sandra uses shell-forming, fold-forming, and raising techniques to create graceful forms that follow the patterns of nature. The tension between the stamina and fragility in nature inspires her work. The clean lines and rugged textures are meant to reflect an endurance within nature.

Much of Sandra's inspiration flows through an evolving process. As she hammers and manipulates the metal, she is inspired by the emerging shape that unfolds. Her technique is purposefully loose, allowing for each step in the process to dictate the next. She considers each piece to be a unique and wearable sculpture, with a story and a voice of its own.

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