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Donna Ellis

“My work is an exploration of beauty in the unexpected and overlooked. I create contemporary jewelry using recycled silver-plate, sourced from thrift shops and antique markets. By giving new life to discarded materials, I hope to challenge the perception of value and what is considered worthy of attention.

My inspiration comes from growing up near the Bethlehem Steel, where I was captivated by the imposing structures and industrial beauty of the factory. Through my work, I strive to capture the raw energy and strength of steel, while also paying homage to the working-class community that shaped me.

As someone living with c-PTSD, my artmaking is also a form of therapy and self-discovery. By pounding on metal and reshaping it into something new, I am reclaiming my own strength and resilience. Ultimately, my goal is to create jewelry that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also carries meaning and significance for the wearer. I hope to inspire others to see beauty in unexpected places and find their own resilience in the face of adversity.”


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