Preview: Introducing Ford / Forlano.

“The conversation is in every piece,” says David Forlano. “The input is the journey.” He and Steven Ford have collaborated for nearly four decades under the moniker Ford / Forlano, creating wearable artworks from polymer clay, sterling silver, gold leaf and many other materials. Over the years, their designs have undergone a spectacular evolution—as has the nature of their working relationship. Forlano moved to Santa Fe in 2005, putting almost 2,000 miles between the longtime collaborators. “It has actually made the work more dynamic, with an even bigger range,” Ford says. form & concept presents Introducing Ford / Forlano, featuring the artistic duo’s latest work, on Friday, February 23 from 5 to 8 pm. 

Ford and Forlano met in Rome, where they were both in a study abroad program through Philadelphia’s Tyler School of Art. “We had studios next to each other, but our styles of painting and thinking about art were worlds apart,” says Forlano. “I had never met someone like him.” Forlano had a passion for color theory and aesthetics, while Ford was more focused on structure and materials. After returning from Italy, they moved into a big house with some college friends. “I think because we were in art school and hungry, we were fascinated with the opposites,” Forlano says. “It opened both of our worlds to looking at things from the perspective of the other.”

Steven Ford- David Forlano- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ford / Forlano, Tube Necklace #67, polymer, sterling silver.

Not long after they graduated, a friend of Ford’s sparked his interest in polymer clay as an artistic medium. At the time, the material was widely considered a toy for children. Ford had studied glass art early in his college career, and was interested in applying that skill set to polymer clay artworks. He and Forlano set about experimenting with the material, using a technique called caning (known in the glass world as millefiori) to create and scale patterns in the clay. “In the beginning, we really promoted the work as ‘hey, look at this interesting material and what we can do with it.’” says Ford.

They built a successful business teaching workshops and selling polymer clay jewelry to shops and galleries across the nation. “Eventually, we found that our work was not evolving because we were teaching the same things over and over again,” Ford explains. The artistic use of polymer clay had also become more popular—in large part due to Ford and Forlano’s work—and they were looking to distinguish themselves in the burgeoning market. “We stopped teaching, which was scary,” says Ford. “But our work took off then and got really interesting.”

Steve Ford- David Forlano- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ford / Forlano, Ribbon Brooch #22, polymer, sterling silver.

In 1999, Ford / Forlano began working with a metalsmith to incorporate sterling silver and other precious metals into their polymer clay designs. The move vaulted them into the world of fine jewelry. “The best galleries, the ones we had watched at craft shows for years, stopped at our booth,” says Forlano. “They said they’d been hoping we would do that for years.” Their transition from wholesale to high-end was successful, and the duo zeroed in on a signature aesthetic. “In particular, the way we use color is a voice. That’s something that I feel like kind of secures a little corner for us,” Forlano says. “I think that’s how we got to be who we are.”

Both artists like to compare their use of color to mixing paint on a palette. “Ultimately, polymer should be like paint, it’s just a material for expression,” says Ford.  “I want to think about color, line and texture—all of the things that a painter thinks about.” Towards the beginning of their careers, when they’d just left art school, the duo took this quite literally. “At that time, we really had no idea what jewelry was or meant,” Forlano says. “We just made basically little paintings.”

Steven Ford- David Forlano- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ford / Forlano, Cuff #7, polymer, sterling silver.

Then came Forlano’s big move. In 2005, he decided to resettle in Santa Fe to live with his partner, actress Debrianna Mansini. “Frankly, I thought we were doomed when he did that,” says Ford. “We’d been working literally side-by-side up until that point.” Forlano cleared out his workstation in their Philadelphia studio, a building that filled an entire downtown city block, and headed Southwest.

Ford and Forlano’s ability to provide instant feedback to each other was replaced by phone calls, emails and the U.S. Postal Service. It slowed the pace of production, but took their work in compelling new directions. “When Dave moved to Santa Fe, I noticed that his colors got really desert-like and dusty,” says Ford. “I wanted cool, bright gem tones and he would send me these sandstone-looking things.”

Steven Ford- David Forlano- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ford / Forlano, Tube Necklace #68, polymer, sterling silver.

Ford has since left their old space for a smaller studio nearby, and Forlano married Mansini not long after his move. Through transitions large and small, their collaboration has endured. “We have lots of battles, we’re kind of like an old married couple,” says Ford. “But when he says something, I understand it in a way that I don’t think many people would.” Forlano adds, “As artists, we of course bring our egos to the table. We have a voice, we want to be heard. In a really healthy collaboration, that’s not going to get pushed under the table or pushed aside. It’s going to enhance the other person’s vision.”

This special event coincides with the opening reception for Strangers Collective’s Mirror Box group exhibition. Click here to learn more about both events.

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This Friday: Strangers Collective & Ford / Forlano

Alicia Piller Sculpture- Mirror Box Exhibition- Strangers Collective- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Alicia Piller, Celestial Body (detail), leather, mixed media, 50 x 17 x 17 in., 2014.

Opening
Strangers Collective
MIRROR BOX

February 23 – April 14, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, February 23, 5-8 pm

Kyle Farrell, Alex Gill and Jordan Eddy, co-directors of Strangers Collective and the No Land art space, curate this exhibition of emerging artists and writers. The term “mirror box” originates in the medical field: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran invented the box with two back-to-back mirrors in the center to help amputees manage phantom limb pain. The patient places the “good” limb into one side, and the “residual” limb into the other, making mirrored movements that can trick the brain into believing that it’s moving the phantom limb. “It’s a tribute to the incredible power of grey matter,” says Eddy. “If our minds are capable of conjuring a nervous system from thin air, can we link up with people, places or things in the same visceral but invisible way?” The curatorial team realized that art, like the mirror box, can act as a conduit for this type of transcendent—but also highly tangible—experience.

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Ford / Forlano Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ford / Forlano, Hydro Brooch #422, polymer, sterling silver, gold leaf.

Special Reception
Introducing Ford / Forlano

Friday, February 23, 5-8 pm

“The conversation is in every piece,” says David Forlano. “The input is the journey.” He and Steven Ford have collaborated for nearly four decades under the moniker Ford / Forlano, creating wearable artworks from polymer clay, sterling silver, gold leaf and many other materials. Over the years, their designs have undergone a spectacular evolution—as has the nature of their working relationship. Forlano moved to Santa Fe in 2005, putting almost 2,000 miles between the longtime collaborators. “It has actually made the work more dynamic, with an even bigger range,” Ford says. form & concept presents Introducing Ford / Forlano, featuring the artistic duo’s latest work.

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Last Look: Thais Mather’s Reckless Abandon

Thais Mather- Reckless Abandon Exhibition- Diane Armitage Review- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Installation view of Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon. Photo by Kara Duval.

As Thais Mather’s critically acclaimed solo exhibition Reckless Abandon approaches its closing date, join her for a final public engagement on Friday, February 2 from 5 to 7 pm. The Magazine just published a fantastic review of the show by Diane Armitage in their February/March relaunch issue. Here’s an excerpt:

There are many threads to follow in Reckless Abandon: from images of Stone Age fertility goddesses; to the Walpurgisnacht, or Witches’ Sabbath, a performance of hellish and deafening heavy metal music played in a cave-like room and accompanying a video of fire projected on a large bowl of water; to the life-size wooden figure of a woman burnt from head to toe. This latter sculpture, Mine and Thine, along with the charred bust Thaumaturge, (a miracle worker or a magician), are the two most powerful works in Mather’s exhibition. The presence of the blackened figure, laid out as if on a burial slab, sucks all the energy out of the room it was installed in, just as it was intended to do. It’s a timeless reminder that women, along with men, are due for a ritual funeral pyre whereby the darkest aspects of our collective history are dematerialized and transformed into a more enlightened chapter of human behavior in the evolution of consciousness. How else can the phoenix rise from the oppressive ashes of history and say, “I can just leave you… Now I can just fly away”?

Read the rest of the review here, and come see Reckless Abandon at the closing reception tonight. The exhibition officially ends on February 10.

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Thais Mather- Reckless Abandon Exhibition- Diane Armitage Review- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Thais Mather- Reckless Abandon Exhibition- Diane Armitage Review- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Thais Mather- Reckless Abandon Exhibition- Diane Armitage Review- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Thais Mather- Reckless Abandon Exhibition- Diane Armitage Review- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Thais Mather- Reckless Abandon Show- Diane Armitage Review- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Thais Mather- Reckless Abandon Exhibition- Diane Armitage Review- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Photos by Kara Duval. Browse Thais Mather’s artwork here.

Preview: Jodi Colella | Unidentified Women

Artist Jodi Colella- Unidentified Women Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

It started somewhere among the vast archives of the Historic Northampton Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Fiber artist Jodi Colella was working on an art project inspired by the museum’s headwear collection, and she stumbled upon a series of daguerreotype portraits. “They were like little 18th and 19th century selfies,” Colella says. “I noticed that all the men in the images had every single detail of their life listed in the catalog. About 80% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’” The artist was fascinated by these forgotten, female faces, and the contrast between the women’s fleeting social visibility and their invisibility to history. After hunting down similar portraits in flea markets and antique shops, Colella stitched intricate embroideries across the images, further obscuring the women’s identities. The body of work, titled Unidentified Women, makes its Santa Fe debut at form & concept on Friday, January 26 from 5-7 pm. Colella will appear at the opening reception, and also conduct an artist talk on Thursday, January 25 from 2-3 pm.

Artist Jodi Colella- Unidentified Women Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“In the end, these women were lost,” Colella says. “I think of it as lost lives and labor. By using labor that’s often culturally identified as feminine, I wanted to bring out their identities.” She first exhibited the Unidentified Women embroideries in 2016 at the Historic Northampton Museum, along with a series of wearable sculptures that referenced the history of women’s headwear. Both projects centered on the cultural interplay between conformity and individuality, personhood and objectification. The works examine ways that gender, race, social status and economic power has dictated who was recorded—and how they were presented—through history. “In many of the images, the women are hiding or being hidden in some way—but they’re also being shown,” Colella says. “So it’s that tension between showing that they’ve been hidden and celebrating their visibility.”

Artist Jodi Colella- Unidentified Women Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Colella grew up in Massachusetts, in a family of artists and craftspeople. As a child, she developed a passion for knitting, embroidery and other fiber arts. After completing a certificate program for graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she launched a successful career as a designer that spanned nearly two decades. In 2000, she took a break to focus on fine art, and never went back. Colella has since exhibited her fiber artwork across the nation, including in the Surface Design Association’s international juried exhibition Shifting Landscapes at form & concept in February, 2017.

Artist Jodi Colella- Unidentified Women Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“For Shifting Landscapes, we showed two of Jodi’s China Samplers, which are meticulous embroideries on Mao propaganda magazines from the 1960’s,” says Frank Rose, Gallery Director of form & concept. “In that work and in Unidentified Women, she’s bringing complex realities of the past to light with compassionate attention and incredible skill. These artworks can help us understand how we’ve arrived at our present cultural and political moment.” Unidentified Women will appear on form & concept’s staircase and catwalk. The original set of 16 embroideries, measuring 2 x 3 inches, will appear with a never-before-seen series of larger works from the ongoing series. “After the project at the museum, I knew I wasn’t done with the daguerreotypes,” says Colella. “There’s a poignancy to these images that has kept me working. These are women I don’t know, no one knows them anymore, but I’ve found a way to meet them again.”

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New Artwork: Brian Fleetwood.

Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Sea Cucumber Brooch, foam, rubber, stainless steel.

Santa Fe-based jewelry artist Brian Fleetwood translates imagery from his studies of biology, ecology, systems and taxonomy into wearable art using a stunning range of materials and techniques. Fleetwood’s new series of sea organism-inspired work could’ve been plucked straight from a coral reef. The new brooches and earrings reflect the diversity of life forms found in the ocean, inviting us to adorn ourselves with this beauty—and gain a fresh understanding of the natural world. View selections from the new collection below, and take a deep dive on the form & concept shop website.

Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Jellyfish Earrings, rubber, copper, sterling silver.
Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Black Coral Brooch, foam, rubber, stainless steel.
Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Kelp Earrings (Blue), rubber, copper, sterling silver.

Click here to browse all of Brian Fleetwood’s artwork in the form & concept collection.

Introducing Rachel Donner.

Rachel Donner Ceramics- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rachel Donner, Cereal Bowls, ceramic.

We’re pleased to introduce our newest represented artist, Rachel Donner. This is her story, in her own words:

Creating something out of clay is like healing a wound. My work is dictated by process and the sentimental experience of interacting with precious items on a daily basis. I grew up in northern New Mexico in a small town called Taos. I lived on a ranch and raised chickens, lambs, dogs, and horses from a young age. Hands, cat whiskers, moss, patterns, teeth, and small things fascinate me.

Browse more of Rachel’s work below, and come see it in the form & concept shop.

Rachel Donner Ceramics- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rachel Donner, Cups, ceramic.
Rachel Donner Ceramics- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rachel Donner, Blue Serving Bowl, ceramic.
Rachel Donner Ceramics- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rachel Donner, Yellow Mug, ceramic.
Rachel Donner Ceramics- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rachel Donner, White Vase, ceramic.

Click here to browse all of Rachel Donner’s artwork in the form & concept collection.

January at form & concept.


Last Friday Art Walk- Santa Fe Railyard Arts District- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Our final event of the year is the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District’s Last Friday Art Walk, on December 29 from 5-7 pm! Swing by to see or current shows and pick up the first-ever form & concept annual catalog, which includes the gallery’s complete 2018 exhibition schedule. Here’s a first look at our January exhibitions & events:

Smitten Forum Exhibition- Gallery Talk- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Gallery Talk

Smitten Forum

Wednesday, January 3, 2-3 pm

Call it a mobile artist colony, a colorful social experiment or a crafty piece of performance art. Each year since 2014, Sara Brown and Marissa Saneholtz have invited a new group of pioneering jewelers and metalsmiths to work side-by-side in a communal studio for 7 days. The initiative is called Smitten Forum, and invitees range from emerging to well-established makers who employ a staggering array of mediums and techniques. This year’s participants are headed to Abiquiu, New Mexico in late December, but they’ll also leave their mark on the nearby art center of Santa Fe. A curator’s talk featuring Brown, Saneholtz and 2014 Smitten Forum participant Robert Ebendorf will take place on Wednesday, January 3 from 2-3 pm.

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Ritual Prayer Performance- Ekalos Reed- Aine McCarthy- Kara Duval- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Special Event

A Day of Ritual Prayer Performance

In conjunction with Thais Mather’s exhibition Reckless Abandon,
and featuring Ekalos Reed, Áine McCarthy & Kara Duval

Saturday, January 20, 7 am-7pm

“I find that people are really hungering for ritual and prayer, and not in a traditional, religious way,” says Ekalos Reed. Reed and Áine McCarthy’s performance art group is called Time Beings. This winter, they collaborate with Kara Duval—another local performer who explores themes of ritual, reclamation and healing—for a 12-hour performance among the artworks of form & concept’s exhibition Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon. In the multi-part ritual prayer, they will convene other Santa Fe artists and anyone who wishes to take part as they create moments and spaces that redefine the sacred. The piece represents a dynamic response to the exhibition’s themes and a tribute to women and others who have faced persecution. Reed and McCarthy perform ‘Tending the Mighty Dead’ from 7 am to 7 pm. Kara Duval performs ‘Red’ from 4:30- 6:30 pm. There is a closing ceremony from 6- 7 pm. From 7 to 10 am, the performance will be visible from outside form & concept, but the gallery does not open to the public until 10 am.

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Image: Kara Duval, Red, durational performance piece. Photo by Kara Duval.

Fiber Artist Jodi Colella- Unidentified Women Solo Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Artist Talk & Opening

Jodi Colella: Unidentified Women

Artist Talk & Preview: Thursday, January 25, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 26, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

It started somewhere among the vast archives of the Historic Northampton Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Fiber artist Jodi Colella was working on an art project inspired by the museum’s headwear collection, and she stumbled upon a series of daguerreotype portraits. “They were like little 18th and 19th century selfies,” Colella says. “I noticed that all the men in the images had every single detail of their life listed in the catalog. About 80% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’”

The artist was fascinated by these forgotten, female faces, and the contrast between the women’s fleeting social visibility and their invisibility to history. After hunting down similar portraits in flea markets and antique shops, Colella stitched intricate embroideries across the images, further obscuring the women’s identities. The body of work, titled Unidentified Women, makes its Santa Fe debut at form & concept on Friday, January 26 from 5-7 pm. Colella will appear at the opening reception, and also conduct an artist talk and preview on Thursday, January 25 from 2-3 pm.

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Image: Jodi Colella, Leaf (detail), found daguerreotype & embroidery, 2016.

Flying Blue Buffalo Kickstarter Campaign- Artist Armond Lara- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Kickstarter Campaign & Special Event

Armond Lara: Flying Blue Buffalo Project

Kickstarter Launch: Friday, January 26, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Open House & Panel: Wednesday, February 17, 2-5 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

“Buffalo are masters of survival,” says Armond Lara. “They’re still around today, even though we tried our best to kill them all off.” The Mexican-Diné artist has depicted buffalo in his drawings, paintings and sculptures for decades. In recent years, they’ve turned blue and sprouted wings. The winged blue buffalo reference a dark chapter of Lara’s family history: his grandmother, who was Diné, was kidnapped as a child and forced into servitude by a Mexican family. This was a common story in the American West. Across three centuries of Spanish, Mexican and American rule, millions of Native children were enslaved as household servants or field hands.

The Pueblo people called these abducted youths “lost bluebirds,” a symbol that Lara combined with the buffalo into a new icon of Indigenous survival. This August, he’ll collaborate with form & concept to fulfill his long-held dream of creating a monumental installation of flying blue buffalo sculptures that explores this little-told history. The Flying Blue Buffalo Project Kickstarter campaign, running January 26 through February 28 and anchored by a special event on February 17, will raise funds to support the production of over seventy 3D printed buffalo, based on a series of wood carvings by Lara.

Learn more on our website.

Image: Digital rendering of Armond Lara’s 3D-printed Flying Blue Buffalo3D Proven Systems.

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Stocking Stuffers.

Stop by form & concept for affordable gifts from our gallery shop! From earrings to ceramics, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. For last-minute shoppers, we’re open on Saturday, December 23 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The gallery will be closed for the holidays from 12/24/17 through 1/2/17, except for the Santa Fe Railyard’s Last Friday Art Walk on 12/29 from 5-7 pm.

Holiday Gifts Under $100- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Wearable art by Danny HartGinger DunnillRand Marco & Charles Greeley.

Ceramics- Holiday Gifts- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Collectible ceramics by Susan BeinerWesley AndereggWookjae Maeng, and Rachel Donner.

Microcosm Small Works Invitational- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New MexicoOver 20 artists, craftspeople and designers from past form & concept shows return with artworks that measure 8 x 10 inches or smaller in the MICROCOSM small works invitational.

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Elegant Collections.

Happy holidays from form & concept! Discover elegant, wearable creations by some of our favorite jewelers.

Janis Kerman Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Doing something symmetrical or identical is simple. You only work out one problem. When you have to work out something that has to be balanced—that is a pair, but not identical—that is for me more challenging and much more fun.”
Janis Kerman

Alexandra Hart Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Dramatically alluring yet signally protective natural organic forms inspire me, such as the radiating shape of the anemone, the sensuous curves of the nudibranch, and the concave surfaces of the cactus. I hope to create jewelry which captures the delicate balance of the bold and sculptural with the sensual and graceful.”
Alexandra Hart

Victor Atyas Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“My three-dimensional constructed gold and silver pieces are suited to be worn—or even framed and hung on a wall.”
Victor Atyas

Click here to browse the complete form & concept collection.

Meet Ford / Forlano.

Steven Ford and David Forlano- Ford/Forlano Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ford/Forlano, Center Brooch #134, polymer, sterling silver, gold leaf.

We’re pleased to introduce our newest represented artists, Steven Ford and David Forlano. This is the story of their long-running collaboration, Ford / Forlano, in their own words:

Our artistic collaboration began in 1984, when we met in Rome during a year abroad program through Tyler School of Art. Immediately we were intrigued by some essential differences in our approach to painting, and these distinctions led to heated debates.

David created large, abstract paintings, focusing on the richness of surface treatment. Steve’s work, in contrast, addressed the question, “How can I make a painting as an object, a fully integrated three-dimensional piece?” We liked how our differences challenged our individual thinking. To learn from each other, we started trading half-finished drawings and paintings and working both of our individual ideas into them.

Steven Ford and David Forlano- Ford/Forlano Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ford/Forlano, Big Bead Necklace #49, polymer, sterling silver.

This “swapping” has become an essential element to our collaboration. After years of working side by side, David moved to Santa Fe in 2005. We have tables in our Philadelphia studio with half-finished brooches. Steve sends them to David, who develops them further. Other threads from our art-school days continue to be important. While David’s strength has always been to push color, pattern and surface in new directions, Steve is constantly fascinated by three-dimensional structures and the ways things fit together mechanically.

Throughout our collaboration, we have often looked to nature for inspiration. In seed clusters, shell formations and flower buds, for instance, numerous carefully organized parts, seemingly identical, but really unique, are arranged beautifully. These exquisite structures led us into new ways of envisioning necklaces, for example, both three-dimensionally and texturally.

Steven Ford and David Forlano- Ford/Forlano Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ford/Forlano, Ring #12, polymer, sterling silver.

Many of our brooches are like collections of fragments. Not necessarily of literal fragments, like shards of pottery, but more like conceptual fragments, like a piece of music, a chapter from a story, an ingredient from a cuisine or an element of a language. At some point, however, we let the references subside and allow the color, abstract patterns and form to lead us. The work feels complete to us when the balance of elements – abstract and imagistic – comes into focus in some unusual way. At the same time, the viewer is free to gather his/her own impression of these suggested images.

Steven Ford and David Forlano- Ford/Forlano Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ford/Forlano, Button Earrings #229, polymer, sterling silver.