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Sylvia Gottwald

About this Exhibitor / Bio: 

In India while working as an architect on historical heritage project, I became infatuated with antique objects of pink nacre. In Paris in the 90s I acquired oyster shells sourced in French Polynesia and started to recycle them into contemporary jewelry. My design philosophy was to showcase the iridescent beauty of each shell with the minimalist design and explore relationships with industrial materials like rubber, stainless steel mesh and resin. Upon my return to Washington, D.C. in 2001, I continued to work in my studio on one of a kind objects with nacre and shells sourced from sustainable South Pacific Pearl Farms. Now these shells are endangered due to acidification; this fact I use as a means to educate others about the perils facing the oceans, 75% of our planet.