Jennifer Ramirez and Rachel Suzanne Smith have been collaborating on studio art pieces ever since the Society of North American Goldsmiths put out an Exhibition in Motion call for a collaborative art piece in 2015, for the 2016 conference in Asheville. The artist team has continued collaborating on on Exhibition in Motion pieces ever since, and has plans to expanding their studio practice together.
Jennifer Ramirez’s works to be worn combine traditional metalsmithing with textile techniques. She has a BFA in Sculpture and Jewelry Metals from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MFA in Jewelry Metals Enameling from Kent State University.
When collaborating, Jennifer and Rachel combine their love of nature, ornament, and excess. Those themes are present in their individual creative works but are greatly expanded when working together.
Rachel Suzanne Smith
Rachel Suzanne Smith is a studio artist who works as Fabrication Lab Supervisor at Oberlin College while teaching part time at Kent State University. She has a BS in Art Education with minors in 3D Media Studies (metals) and Spanish from Miami University and an MFA in Crafts (Jewelry Metals Enameling) at Kent State University.
We are currently combining our tools to create a shared studio space. Quite often, we have traveled to various studios and makerspaces to fabricate and powder coat the metal components of our work. Creating an expanded work space will allow us to do more with metal, working in-house. At this point we have a torch with ventilation thanks CERF+, a drill press, belt sander, metal shear, and bending break, as well as our various hand tools all within one shared space. We will continue to update this page as our space develops!