I upcycle mixed media such as fibrous pliable materials and precious metals reclaimed from prior projects into carefully crafted objects. My items are hand-sawed, pierced, scored into geometric forms, delicately sewn with thread or connected by recycled silver elements to create a lasting object. With these new objects designed and cut by hand, I hope to transform them into useful objects and thereby prevent their disposal. The 2-D elements are created digitally in Adobe Illustrator software, printed in color onto archival paper and set under plexiglass. It’s the perfect process combination of digital-meets-the-handmade.
Patricia Sullivan is a metalsmith and studio artist – living in the suburbs of Philadelphia across the great Delaware River in Southern New Jersey for the past 15 years. She spent seven years prior, living in both New York City and the Hudson Valley, New York, studying at Parsons School of Design, moving onward to receive a second degree (post-graduate) in Fine Arts/Metals at SUNY New Paltz. A Philadelphia native, Patricia was exposed to the arts and music of this region since a young age, receiving her first Bachelor's degree at Temple University in Philadelphia before her sojourn to New York began. Patricia has exhibited her artwork nationally. Recently, Ms. Sullivan was one of only thirty-four artists worldwide to exhibit her work at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design as part of being selected for Metalsmith magazine's prestigious annual "Exhibition in Print - Moved by Metal."