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Susan Lenart Kazmer

My work is real... It is energetic, sometimes figurative and always about real life. As a silversmith and artist of 20 years, I create pieces that reference history, as well as contemporary urban life. My work tells stories through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood, and other mixed-media materials. I create expressive pieces that come from heartwarming memories. Also, repurposing objects and components to create Talismans that may attract more abundance such as harmony, love, and laughter into their world. These components can be raw in their authenticity, but always beautiful in their uniqueness.

My work is drawn from a unique combination of art school, metalsmithing, extensive cultural research, creating and repairing ethnographic adornment, and a strong fashion background. I built Talismans, prayer boxes, and amulets for the fashion, museum, gallery and commercial world for over 20 years. My early collection began at Henry Bendell, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor and more, where I began a commercial line of jewelry. I also build large sculptural pieces that participated in museum exhibits including Smithsonian and Art Institute of New York.

Author of my second book, “Resin Alchemy”, an Amazon 2013 best seller list, includes a pioneering ten year body of work. Currently, my new work can be seen in March 2014 issue of U.S. Elle and my successful component line of jewelry sold exclusively in Michaels, is called "Industrial CHIC".

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