As a designer, Stephanie O’Brien is always trying to create jewelry that is focused on the process of making each piece as well as the materials and the details. Stephanie looks to textiles, patterns, and textures in fashion, fibers arts, and other crafts for inspiration. Her obsession with structure and construction can be seen in the overly repetitive procedures and rhythmic production lines used to create her work. All of the processes that go into each piece are used to make interesting pieces that bring together the materials with their techniques. Stephanie’s process involves making, remaking, rearranging and reassembling components to create visually interesting work.
Stephanie O’Brien studied at Savannah College of Art and Design and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Objects, graduating as valedictorian. She now exhibits at ArtRider Craft Shows in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. This year, she will also be exhibiting at Holiday Craft Boston. In addition to her studio jewelry practice, Stephanie is a production jeweler at Lulu Frost Jewelry, hand-making the seasonal production line, as well as the company’s one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Previously, she was a studio assistant for Biba Schutz. Stephanie is originally from Bergenfield, New Jersey and she now splits her studio time between her small apartment setup in Brooklyn and her parents’ garage where her beloved torch resides.