Arline Fisch’s necklaces are inspired by adornment of antiquity, from an Egyptian broad collar to a Victorian ruffle. Instead of working with fiber, Fisch knits with metal wire to create intricate and lightweight jewelry. Not only is her approach to her material innovative, but knitting with metal allows her to fashion large, opulent pieces that can be worn with ease.
Arline Fisch was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received a B.S. degree in art education from Skidmore College and an M.A. from the University of Illinois. In 1956-57 she studied silversmithing at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen and in 1966-67 returned to Denmark for further training in metalsmithing. Since 1961, she has taught full time at San Diego State University. In 1985, Fisch was declared a "Living Treasure of California" by the State Assembly.
OBJECTS: REDUX—50 Years of Craft Evolution31 Jan - 27 Mar 2020In 1969, the Smithsonian American Art Museum debuted OBJECTS: USA, a sprawling exhibition featuring 308 craft artists and over 500 objects. The show would travel the United States and Europe, vaulting craft into the contemporary art milieu and forever changing the way we view material culture. Fifty years later, this...