Heidi Pridemore Creations- Artist Statement
After years of creating quilt and fabric designs I became intrigued with taking that experience and those techniques and applying them at a smaller scale. My earliest jewelry pieces were made almost entirely from fabric. However, as I developed my skills and techniques I began creating textures and designs in metal and glass similar to what I would design on fabric. This has led to the creation of very unique pieces.
Each piece starts with a concept sketch. This is a critical step for me. Putting pen, pencil or brush to paper is very enlightening. From this conceptual sketch I then select the materials to achieve the desired look, feel and color. It is important to me to let the selected materials guide the design while using the techniques that will work best to achieve the desired vision. My whimsical nature also comes out in many of my pieces whether through the texture, color or shape.
I love working with color and have used color as an important design element throughout my entire career. Color continues to be an essential element of my jewelry designs. I love to add color whether through the use of different patinas, fibers, stones or glass. The way the color works in a piece is as important as the construction of the piece. I handcraft each piece of jewelry, paying particular attention to balancing the design of the piece while practicing excellent craftsmanship. It is important that the piece be well made in addition to it looking beautiful. I also pay close attention to how the piece will look, sit and hang on the body.
Throughout my design career I have created dimensional pieces from flat materials such as fabric or paper. I am currently exploring using these same techniques with metal and wire to create a variety of unique and distinctive shapes. I continue to explore the use of different textures and shapes from my fiber background.