I worked for over 25 years in fashion design at the corporate level after getting a BA from West Virginia University and a Fashion Design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. I’ve travelled extensively on sourcing, buying and production trips. For 7 years, I was the Design Director at Chico’s, Inc.
I started my jewelry exploration with beads and gems but quickly decided that I needed to go beyond what was available in the way of readymade components. In a metalworking class I sculpted a prototype in polymer clay prior to forming the metal. I loved the clay right away and decided to explore the possibility of using it to create my own “ metal.”
I currently work mainly with a mixture of polymer clay, mica powders and various pigments with which I make almost all of my components.
I’m inspired by the historical significance of jewelry. It’s tribal whether you consider the most exquisite royal jewels worn by queens or the twigs, stones, and sinew worn by cave dwellers. Jewelry marks who we are as clearly as any other totems or status markers.
My interest lies in the hand, the mind, and the imagination of the creator. I like being amazed at the use of unexpected materials. There is always more inspiration in the unconventional. To an artist, the material is immaterial.
Peace, Love, & Fabulous Jewels!
“I’m interested only in statement making jewelry. Delicate and dainty is for flowers. If I have to put my glasses on to see your jewelry, it’s WAY too small!
Strong women with BIG style inspire me and I try to BE one. If I’m going to design and deliver it I’d better be a walking talking billboard for what I do”. XO/Mary
This is a short list of what describes me, Mary Marino.
The very things I’ve always been attracted to have converged to shape my personality.
What shapes me also shapes my work.
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All of which make life more captivating and jewelry more interesting
Each piece of jewelry I make is a meditation.
In an age of mass merchandising handmade items become the thoughtful antidote to mega-consumerism.