Lina at Morro Bay Rock, California - 2005
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LINA KOCH Gold and Silver - Jewelry Lina Koch is a sculptor whose medium is jewelry; her creations are truly wearable art. Each ring, necklace and bracelet is a unique collage, painstakingly assembled in gold, silver and precious stones. In some works, she contrasts silver and gold. In others, she interplays the various, subtle shades of gold - yellow, white, rose and green. She is inspired by the infinite shapes and forms she observes in nature - plants, animals and photos of microscopic organisms. "I usually start with a general idea, and just let the work emerge." She uses miniature files, metal saws and soldering torches to construct each piece of jewelry. She cuts tiny, decorative shapes out of sheets of gold and silver, then hammers, files and solders each one onto the base piece individually. Settings are also hand-cut, so that she may integrate precious stones into the overall flow of each design. Koch has evolved her own unique design style, using the technical foundation of skills learned in formal training and during a two-year apprenticeship in Santa Barbara, Ca. She has exhibited her work in selected galleries throughout the United States from New York to the Big Island of Hawaii.