Hi, my name is Ashley. I was born in Montreal, Canada, and grew up on Long Island, NY. I am currently a graduate student at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) completing a one year Post-baccalaureate certificate in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Prior to my arrival in Providence, RI, I completed my a BA in Art and Visual Culture (Studio) and English Literature at Bates College in Lewiston, ME. During that time, I took classes outside of Bates as well. This enabled me to expand upon my background in drawing and painting, and take graphic design courses at Parsons the New School for Design and NYU. However, it was a result of my decision to study abroad in Sydney, Australia, at the University of New South Wales, that turned my attention towards jewelry design and fabrication. I enrolled in an introductory jewelry class, a subject that had not been offered at any of the other institution I had attended. After the semester ended, I was sure jewelry and metalsmithing was a passion I had to pursue.
Jewelry has always played a significant role in my life. Throughout my childhood, my family traveled throughout the US and abroad. It became a ritual to purchase a ring from every new destination. The rings became objects that allowed me carry memories of adventures and great people with me in my everyday life. The stories that the jewelry I make will take on is as important to me as the story of its creation. It is almost fitting, that I fell in love with the practice of making jewelry during my semester abroad. There, my Professor, Bic Tieu taught me that jewelry speaks volumes. It has a long standing history as a form of communication, this is expressed both inwardly and outwardly. She also emphasized the problem-solving nature of designing jewelry which easily became one of my favorite aspects of the medium. I take great pleasure in the connection between the mind in planning and the hand craftsmanship that goes into the production. I want to be a maker of things with meaning and context.