Sarah Wilbanks

Location

Seattle, Washington

United States

About the Artist

I started making art as a little girl. It's been an amazing outlet and a great extension of my creativity. By High School I was still making 2D art. I, kind of by accident, started making my first line of jewelry made from wire. 

Some time later in 2002, I  started working as a Metalsmith. I set images into my metal frames and bezels. I focused primarily on the metal design and construction with polymer being almost an afterthought. After many years of this type of work I started longing to make something different. 

Several years ago after a couple of classes with Cynthia Toops I started to explore polymer. After a lot of experimentation I started to fall in love with the medium. Now I work primarily with polymer. It's been a huge shift but a happy one. 

The type of metalwork I was doing required a lot of planning and steps to get the outcome I wanted whereas polymer feels more fluid, to me at least. I have found that having a background in working with metal has informed how I approach polymer. I see it as something to build with as well as shape or mold. 

Websites

http://www.sarahwilbanksjewelry.com

https://www.sarahwilbanksjewelry.com/shop

2021 Exhibition Images

Untitled Necklace #1

Untitled Necklace #1

3.5 x .75 x .75" on 21" chain

Translucent polymer, silver leaf, sterling silver, sterling silver chain

Molded cups hanging above molded and gilded shaft.

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Jewelry and Wearable Art

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Pendant of translucent clay cups and oblong bead on a metal chain

Untitled Necklace #2

Untitled Necklace #2

4 x 1.5 x 1.5" on 21" chain

Translucent polymer, silver leaf, gold leaf, sterling silver, sterling silver chain

Two molded caps with molded and gilded petals with protrusions.

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Pendant of rods and leaf shapes coming out of a cupped cap

Untitled Brooch

Untitled Brooch

2 x 2 x .75"

Translucent polymer, silver leaf, sterling silver, image transfers

Molded layers over two gilded shells.

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Brooch of slices of clay in white and translucent clay

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