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MAKE A WISH…

Then, visit my online shop to browse a collection of my original jewelry and sculpture pieces made with sterling silver, semi-precious stones, pearls, driftwood and found objects.

Now more than ever, it’s time to support small business and local artists. So remember: shop small, shop local on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!

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Kristin Merrill

NEST Arts Factory, Studio #18
1720 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
203-589-6995

Studio open by appointment or virtually using Zoom/FaceTime


ABOVE: Charlotte: Dancing In the Clouds of Another World made with sterling silver, amber, snake bones, pearls, fresh water pearls, beach plastic, citrine, labradorite, and an antique porcelain doll.

Don’t Miss Bridgeport Art Trail: Virtual Studio Tour

Wishes + Gifts Try it on!

Don’t miss NEST Arts Factory’s two-day, immersive multimedia studio experience during the Bridgeport Art Trail, November 14 & 15.

Join me live this Saturday, November 14 at 2PM for a virtual tour of my studio, a sneak peek at my new work, and interactive questions and answers. Plus, I’ll be trying on some of my work so you can see how it might look on you…or as a special gift for a loved one!

Kristin Merrill Live
November 14 @ 2 pm
(zoom.us Meeting ID: 842 8566 605 and the number 7, Passcode: 18599 and the number 3)

See something special? All of the items you’ll see are available for sale on my website and there’s FREE shipping during BAT weekend

Bridgeport Art Trail @ NEST Arts Factory
November 14 & 15
Virtual Studio Schedule

  • BAT Virtual Studio Visit, November 14
  • Free Shipping, November 14 & 15
  • Studio open by appointment or virtually using Zoom/FaceTime

Kristin Merrill
NEST Arts Factory, Studio #18
1720 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
www.kristinmerrill.com

Bridgeport Art Trail: Virtual Studio Tour

Wishes + Gifts Try it on!

Don’t miss NEST Arts Factory’s two-day, immersive multimedia studio experience during the Bridgeport Art Trail, November 14 & 15.

Try it on!

Join me live on Saturday, November 14 at 2PM for a virtual tour of my studio, a sneak peek at my new work, and interactive questions and answers. Plus, I’ll be trying on some of my work so you can see how it might look on you…or as a special gift for a loved one!

Kristin Merrill Live
November 14 @ 2 pm
(zoom.us Meeting ID: 842 8566 605 and the number 7, Passcode: 18599 and the number 3)

See something special? All of the items you’ll see are available for sale on my website and there’s FREE shipping during BAT weekend

Bridgeport Art Trail @ NEST Arts Factory
November 14 & 15
Virtual Studio Schedule

  • BAT Virtual Studio Visit, November 14
  • Free Shipping, November 14 & 15
  • Studio open by appointment or virtually using Zoom/FaceTime

Kristin Merrill
NEST Arts Factory, Studio #18
1720 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
www.kristinmerrill.com

Artist Interview: Kristin Merrill

BY JANE DAVILA, January 2017

I’m starting a series of interviews with some of my favorite artists about their work, their processes, and their inspiration. First up is sculptor and jeweler Kristin Merrill. She makes the most sublime organic pieces of art – both to wear as jewelry and to display as wall sculptures. See more of Kristin’s work on her website.

Please describe your work, what do you make?
I create jewelry and sculpture from sterling silver, semi precious stones, pearls, driftwood and found objects. While I like to keep my work organic, I still use traditional metalsmithing techniques.

What is your favorite tool or supply?
My 26 year old torch.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received in your art career?
Take your time and plan. Leonard Urso, my metals and jewelry design professor in art school, taught me that if you take your time and are precise in your craftsmanship and design, you have the potential to create exceptional work. I am passionate about my work and can sometimes be impatient with tools and materials. I need to remember this advice and to slow down.

What advice would you offer a new artist?
Start small but think big. You don’t need a lot of space or materials to be creative. I spent years with a small jeweler’s bench in my bedroom.

How do you work through creative blocks?
I’m lucky because I work in two mediums. If I am stuck on a sculpture design or idea I can turn to jewelry and vice versa. My favorite thing to do when I have a creative block is to fuse scrap metal together in a painterly way. It is quick, fluid and makes me instantly feel creative. I also look through my library of art books and visit museums for distraction and inspiration.

What inspires you?
I’m madly in love with Picasso’s 3 D artwork again. We share the same birthday. Other jewelers and sculptors inspire me.

What do you listen to in your studio?
Arcade Fire, The Last Shadow Puppets and Radiohead are my favorites right now.

What new projects are you working on in 2017?
I am very excited to focus on sculpture and one-of-a-kind necklaces this year. I plan to use the lost wax casting process for the sculpture and would like to create larger mixed media necklaces. I am also hosting workshops and classes in my studio at Nest Arts Factory. I think this will spur even more creativity in my work!

Thank you for sharing with us, Kristin! You can see more of Kristin’s work on her website and find jewelry to buy at her etsy store.

NEW WORK: Fly, Peter, Fly

Fly, Peter, Fly is my favorite new work. I created it thinking about my brother Peter, who actually looked like this doll when he was a child. He’s closer to home now, recently moved back to Connecticut from Kansas City, Missouri. I adore Peter — he’s quirky and amazing, and deserves a chance to soar to new heights, to fly, fly,fly!

MATERIALS: fresh water pearls, labradorite wings, and a found spike ring compliment this penny doll from Germany dating to the late 1800s. The spike ring was found on a dirt road by the seaside. It had been run over many times and now has a new life, as does the doll. Sterling silver clasp.

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Kristin Merrill @ The Kershner Gallery March 16

Join William Scully, Ralph Levesque and me on Saturday, March 16 from  4:30 – 6:30 pm for an Opening Reception and Artists Talk at the Fairfield Public Library’s Kershner Gallery.
The show is a brilliant exploration of emergence = the process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed.
Come enjoy original art, delicious nibbles and wine!

I look forward to seeing you.

Bruce S. Kershner Gallery
Fairfield Public Library
1080 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

PLUS…Don’t Miss
“Jazzed Up!” live performance: Fairfield Public Library; Saturday, April 27; 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Design Developments

Do I design jewelry or sculpture? This is a weekly question and not too challenging because I am fortunately usually drawn to one or the other.

Today it is sculpture.

This is a recent excerpt from my notebook about two projects. “F is for….” is a wall piece. The umbrella represents dread. To experience it you pull the umbrella on a spring down from the ceiling and stand under it entangled in black curly sheep strands. The Wood Man…not sure where he is going…

Perhaps not the brightest day of designing? Thinking of how to recreate emotion through experience in art to teach teens to embrace or desensitize…random but very fulfilling.

 

New Work: How Charlotte Found Me

Young Charlotte lived by the mountain side,
A wild and lonely spot;
No dwelling there, for three miles round,
Except her father’s cot;

And yet on many a winter’s eve
Young swains were gather’d there,
For her father kept a social board,
And she was very fair.

Her father loved to see her dress’d
As prim as a city belle,
For she was all the child he had,
And he loved his daughter well…

I’m not quite sure when Charlotte first appeared for me. It may have been the one my mother-in-law gave me recently, or it may have started years ago, growing up in a house with an avid collector-of-all-things as a father. Dad collected penny dolls, doll castings, dolls with real hair, baby heads, maybe even Charlottes.

Frozen Charlotte, actually, a small, white porcelain doll, popular in the late Victorian era, roughly between 1850 and 1920, and forever linked through poem and song, to a ghost of a young girl frozen on her way to a ball in 1840.

From my life-long experience with ghosts and the heartbreaking tale of Charlotte, comes this series of sculptures involving Charlotte, her story reimagined for 21st century believers. Come see this new, haunting work during Bridgeport Open Studios, Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12.

Creating Transformations

There is a mystical sense to Kristin Merrill’s work, which comes from its connection to the earth and natural environment. “My passion is creating beautiful things out of natural materials,” she says. “ I am especially connected to the sea, in both a literal and a psychic sense. It gives my work meaning and a reason for being.”

Kristin’s sculptures incorporate pieces of driftwood indigenous to the Connecticut shoreline. To them, she adorns pearls, hand-cast sterling elements, copper and symbolic found objects.

“The driftwood,” Kristin explains, “was once a tree, vibrant with life and growing. It goes through a metamorphosis at the end of its life, falls into the sea, and finds its way to the shore. By resurrecting it in my sculptures, I create a new phase in its life. It is re-born and immortalized as art.”

That same transformation echoes in her jewelry, where individual elements — sterling silver, semiprecious stones, amber, pearls — join together to become something new and different.

From your first glance at her distinct pieces, you can tell that Kristin has an intrinsic sense of art and beauty. Which should come as no surprise. “I have been surrounded by art all of my life. My father is a potter and sculptor, and my mother was an avid gardener and writer.”

Not bound by her right-brain talents, Kristin is equally adept at managing the intricacies of the business side of creative work, which she has proven as a former CEO, Vice President and Business Manager for small and large companies over the past 18 years. The combination of these two skill-sets reveal themselves in the success of the Shoreline ArtsTrail, which she oversaw from 2009-2013, and her own company, Riverside Consulting, which provides bookkeeping services and support for artists and creative professionals.

by JEN PAYNE, WORDS BY JEN