Meet Ashka Dymel! Her swoon worthy designs and colorful semi-precious stone components are the pinnacle of any artisan jewelry collectors assemblage.
Ashka's path to fine art jewelry design was long and winding. After Studies in Liberal arts and foreign languages in Poland and Czechoslovakia, Ashka moved to the United States where she earned a Bachelors degree in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design in New York City. From there she landed a job in architecture and spent several years working in the field.
Ashka began metalsmithing by happenstance and her dabbling lead to a surprising new career in jewelry making. Thank goodness! Since 1990 this self-taught jewelry extraordinaire has been running her own design studio, and she has had the pleasure of sharing her jewelry and art history knowledge as an Adjunct Professor of Design and Design History at Parsons and a Visiting Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Guided by a Modernist aesthetic and her architectural background, Ashka achieves harmony in modular repetitions of geometric forms. A Minimalist aesthetic and preference for clean lines are major forces influencing her work, resulting in pure and graceful pieces.
Modernist movements such the Bauhaus School, Russian Avant-Garde art and mid-20th-century design aesthetics are my main inspirations. My goal is to achieve harmony in modular repetitions and variations on geometric forms. Primarily self taught, I avoid traditional stone setting techniques and connections. My work is recognized by unique method of capturing stones within metal frames creating negative space as an integral part of composition. Use of thin wires to hold the elements together is another non-traditional technique allowing for movement and structural flexibility. Combination of unique materials and methods results in a joyful pieces of wearable art.
All her work is handmade in Brooklyn using sterling silver, 18k gold bimetal and semi precious stones and minerals.