Carol-lynn Swol is a studio jeweler who lives and works in Hyattsville, Maryland. Her processes for creating jewelry purposely flit between the traditional and the experimental as she seeks to adorn the fashionably modern. Her work could be considered as ever-evolving limited production. No two items will ever be exactly the same as each item is handmade using traditional and modern techniques.
Carol-lynn’s designs often illustrate a variation on a theme using new and recycled sterling silver, new and recycled karat gold, gems and stones, and Tyvek.
Using metal and gemstones, she creates jewelry that harkens to a romantic past. Using embossed patterns from an antique die, she transports the wearer to the flourishes of the late 1800s with a modern edge to adorn the feminine self.
Using Tyvek, a plastic paper-like product, she creates visual and tactile jewelry inspired by her love of books and forms found in the natural world. Tyvek feels as delicate as paper, but is far more durable. It is in the duality of this material that she yearns to find a balance between durability and ephemeral-seeming and between intentionality and spontaneity in design and form.
Carol-lynn Swol earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and an M.F.A. in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University, Bloomington.