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This cigarette jewelry set named “Smoke Jewelry Instead” is complete with an ashtray pendant on a smoke cable, ciggie earrings, and an empty cowboy killer box brooch. Though they look bulky, all of the pieces are carved from Poplar and Holly, providing a lightweight and easily-wearable feel. Morgan Hill hand paints and distresses each piece, giving a well-worn aesthetic appeal. Light up your wardrobe with this one-of-a-kind look.
Morgan Hill is a sculptor and jewelry designer whose work draws on a wide range of aesthetic and conceptual influences from 90’s pop-culture, cult films and costume design to her Southern, Christian upbringing and experiences as the only female child in an extended family of farmers in Arkansas. Her longing to break the silence surrounding culturally censured topics drives her to create work on themes of death, abuse, depression and suicide, as well as their counterparts of rebirth, healing and empowerment. On the lighter side, her jewelry brand Bad Habits by Morgan Hill celebrates the pleasure of excess and indulged desires.
Morgan’s formal art education began at the Memphis College of Art where she focused on drawing. She also studied interior design and ultimately earned a BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design from University of Arkansas Little Rock. She was a Core Fellow at the Penland School of Craft from 2015-2017 where she worked with renowned artists and designers and studied techniques ranging from chainsaw carving to metalwork to neon tube bending. In 2018, she was a ITE Windgate Fellow at the Center for Art in Wood. Her work is carried in galleries across the US and internationally. She creates her work in Spruce Pine, NC in a studio shared with four of her favorite colleagues.
Your bid not only benefits the Center but the artist as well, proceeds of the winning bid are split 50/50.
Materials: Poplar, holly, paint, mesh, and sterling silver
Dimensions: Brooch-3.375Hx2.5Wx1.125″; Pendant-1.125Hx3.25Wx3.25D”, Earrings-2.5Hx.375Wx.375D”
To view more of Morgan Hill’s work, visit: http://wwwmorganhillcreative.com