How Sarah Fox Developed her Jewelry Habit
Pieces of Sarah’s hand-dyed lace.
On getting really into color:
“One of the first things I started studying at art school was color theory. I was really drawn to this painter Hans Hoffman, who explored the push and pull of color.”
Left: Hans Hoffman’s Equipoise; Right: “This necklace is inspired by Hoffman. The neon is like the push, and the creams and browns are the pull.”
On making dangly things:
“I pretty much decided sculpture was my thing right away at Montserrat College of Art, and then I continued to study it when I transferred to the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. I also really focused on electronics and lighting design, so it’s really odd that I ended up making jewelry because I was making these large-scale light installations. But I see a correlation between necklaces and earrings and pendant lamps. The properties are the same, and they’re hanging.”
One of Sarah’s most recent sculptures.
On playing with lace:
“I started exploring lace when I was working on a light piece. This was before laser technology was really out and about—2003 or 2004—so I was hand-sanding and trying to hand-cut this lace pattern into Plexiglas. There was just no way you could do that. I shelved the project, but I came back to the lace idea. The Plexiglas is this little relic that started this whole thing. I can’t get rid of it.”
The incomplete lace lighting project.