THE W GALLERY FEATURE ARTIST
Jewelry Designer: Melissa Stiles
Location: Portland, Oregon U.S.A.
Experience: 14+ Years
Materials: Jewelry made from powder coated stainless steel.
Influences: My kids, cats, architecture, cancer
Melissa Stiles received her degree in Architecture and worked in the field for ten years before founding her jewelry company. She makes modern jewelry that combines the discipline of her architectural training with the exploration of industrial materials and processes. Her work expresses modern simplicity and flawless execution with the illusion of effortless design. She strives to expose only the intentional form without gratuitous details. The result is design that celebrates the simple and pure form in beautifully wearable color combinations.
Stiles works in various materials including hand-pigmented resin, laser cut stainless steel, brushed aluminum, powder-coated enamel, and silver. These materials lend themselves to blending different means of fabrication resulting in a collection of minimal, durable jewelry in cheerful colors with bold graphic designs.
Melissa works from her home on Portland, Oregon. In partnership with her husband, Dan Stiles they produce a number of products ranging from art objects, personal accessories, to housewares.
Stop by The W Gallery to view some of Melissa’s modern designs.