kelly nedderman

Welcome to Minneapolis!

At the end of last year, I decided to make some big life changes. Following an offer for a great job, I uprooted my little family and relocated to Minneapolis! Unfortunately the move was right in time for winter, but being born and raised in California, made living in the snow an enjoyable novelty.. at least for the first half of winter. 

In the meantime i've been getting set back up, settling into my new job, enjoying the summer, and making more time for myself and the things I love doing. That means more great new designs and a new website in the works, so keep in touch!

Ojalá Project

During the summer I was handed a mysterious canvas bag by my friend, Raissa Bump (check out her work, it's fantastic!). As it turns out, quite a few of these bags have changed hands over the last two years as part of the Ojalá Project. Within each bag were the beginnings of what would later become a jewelry piece. Each piece was passed to a new artist who would then add their touch to it and pass it on to the next person. The resulting pieces are a mix of aesthetics, artists, cultures, countries, and materials... each one unique to the hands it passed through.

The opening reception for the pieces created during this project is November 19-24, 2016. If you happen to be passing through Buenos Aires, please take some pictures for me!

"After two years of starting Ojalá Project we invite you to Ojalá Project (Buenos Aires) to be held during the first Bienal Latinoamericana de Joyería Contemporánea "Puentes" (Latin American Biennial of Contemporary Jewellery "Bridges") organized by Joyeros Argentinos and the Museo de Arte Popular José Hernández."

New venue for my work in Sante Fe!

Form & Concept in Sante Fe, New Mexico has begun carrying my jewelry line! They are an arts organization founded to expand and explore the boundaries and distinctions of art, craft, and design. They now have a great selection of my graphic paper and silver pieces; as well as a great election form other accomplished artists. Very excited to be in such a great space! To see specific pieces available, click here.

New limited edition necklace @ SFMOMA Museum Store!

Earlier this year I received a very exciting opportunity in the form of an invitation (along with a handful of other great artists) to propose a design to the SFMOMA Museum Store in honor of their grand re-opening. The main parameter for the piece was that it had to be inspired by the work of an artist in the museum's permanent collection. From there I was given a list of names to investigate further.

One of the artists on that list, Richard Diebenkorn, has been an inspiration for me for a very long time. I have always found his use of volume, color, and line to be particularly engaging. Above are images of his series "Six Soft Ground Etchings". These particular pieces have always spoken to me for some reason. Maybe it's the subtle line work or the slight texture/smudges of the soft ground being lifted on accident while drawing... This became my starting point for the "Inspired Project"

Lots of screen printed test pieces, sketching, and sawing later my homage to Diebenkorn in the form of necklace was finished. The limited edition of 10 necklaces are now available at the SF MOMA Museum Store. The Museum officially reopens its doors May 14th. Stop by, check out the great new building, and take a peek at the great work on display!

2015 Annual Faculty & Alumni Fine Art Auction

Each year a huge number of faculty members and alumni from the arts related departments at Academy of Art University put their work up for Annual Faculty & Alumni Fine Art Auction. It goes to a great cause. 50% of the proceeds go to benefit the Academy of Art University's Student Scholarship Fund in their related departments. The remaining proceeds go to the artist. It's a cause I feel strongly about since my contribution, and those of my colleagues in Jewelry and Metal Arts, will end up helping students in our very own department.

I am proud to say that I have a small collection available for bidding this year; a group of my paper jewelry pieces. Each was hand crafted here in my SF studio and have been shown around the world. Most notably in the 2014 Beijing International Jewelry Arts Biennial. Each piece is made of oxidized sterling silver, abaca paper (hand-made by me), acrylic, pigment, nylon, and this really amazing Japanese paper thread. 

Reception & Live Auction
Saturday, November 14, 2015

2 p.m. - Reception begins
3 p.m. - Live auction begins
Silent Auction - Ends approximately 30 minutes after close of live auction

AAU Galleries at The Cannery
2801 Leavenworth St
San Francisco, CA 94109

Necklace included in the Halstead Winter 2015 Lookbook!

Receiving the copy of the Halstead 2015 Winter Jewelry Trend Lookbook in the mail this last week was very exciting. A huge thank you to Hillary and Mercedes for choosing to include my pierced collar on the "Pop That Collar" trend page! 

For those of you not familiar with them, Halstead is a small family owned business started in 1973. They offer metals, findings, and tools at great prices to the trade. Halstead has also been a great supporter of the jewelry and metal arts community.

All That Glitters

I am so excited to be included in an upcoming show, All That Glitters, with an amazing group of very talented artists! 

Opening reception Saturday August 15th 5-8pm

A little bit about the show:

"The Arts Center will sparkle with the infinite possibilities of glass. All that Glitters, a collaborative exhibition at Petaluma Arts Center and IceHouse Gallery, will include works by members of the contemporary glass movement that began in the San Francisco Bay Area more than 50 years ago.

Curator Kathleen Hanna brings pieces by seminal figure Marvin Lipofsky, who founded the glass program in 1964 at UC Berkeley, and the generations of glass artists he inspired. Artists include Bill Burch, Elin Christopherson, Erik Eiserling, Bella Feldman, Ken & Ingrid Hanson, Evan Kolker, David Lewin, John Lewis, J. P. Long, Susan Longini, Lee Miltier, Jay Musler, Bruce Pizzichillo & Dari Gordon, Jean Salatino & Steven Gandolfo, Randy Strong, Boyd Sugiki, Pamina Traylor, Mary B. White and Lisa Zerkowitz.

In Gallery 2 at the Petaluma Arts Center, Elizabeth Shypertt, co-founder of San Francisco’s important jewelry gallery Velvet da Vinci, will curate an exhibition of contemporary works by American jewelers, including Lucia Antonelli, Brook Battles, Raissa Bump, Sandra Enterline, Don Friedlich, Tina Frey, Susie Ganch, Karen Gilbert, April Higashi, Maya Kini, Christy Klug, Deb Lozier, Sydney Lynch, Kelly Nedderman, Erica Rosenfeld, Biba Schutz, Jan Smith, and Julia Turner."

Designer Profile on Unique Indie!

Exciting news! You can now check out my Designer Profile on Unique Indie. It includes an interview with me about designing jewelry and living in the Bay Area. They also came by for a studio visit, took some great shots of my apartment and studio, and interviewed me on camera.

Here's the video from their site below. You can also read more at the Unique Indie site.

While you're there, check out some of the great jewelry pieces I have for sale as well as many other talented local designers! Thanks for reading!

Art Jewelry Designer: Handcrafted by Kelly Nedderman