Meet the Maker
I am a studio jeweler who lives and works in Hyattsville, Maryland. My processes for creating jewelry purposely flit between the traditional and the experimental as I seek to adorn the fashionably modern. My 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.
My designs often illustrate a variation on a theme using new and recycled sterling silver, new and recycled karat gold, gemstones, and Tyvek.
Using Tyvek, a plastic paper-like product, I create visual and tactile jewelry inspired by my 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 I yearn to find a balance between durability and ephemeral-seeming and between intentionality and spontaneity in design and form.
Using metal and gemstones, I create jewelry that harkens to a romantic past. Using embossed patterns from an antique die, I hope to transport the wearer to the flourishes of the late 1800s with a modern edge to adorn the feminine self.
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.